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African Agriculture Stakeholders: Put More Action in Achieving Sustainability

September 18, 2014

African Agriculture stakeholders were recently challenged to put more action than talk in the quest for sustainable agricultural development in Africa. H.E Hon. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria's Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development challenged his fellow Ministers of Agriculture in the continent to ensure that they advise their governments appropriately on what needs to be done for their countries to realize improved and sustained productivity.

"Visionary and focused leadership is needed to ensure that Africa reaches a full transformation in agriculture." Echoing his sentiments, H.E John Kufuor, UN Secretary General's Special Envoy on Climate Change said "Politics in Africa should focus on agriculture; Agriculture is a basic need for Africa."

The two officials made those remarks at the 4th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), an initiative that seeks to bring together African Heads of State, Ministers, farmers, private agribusiness firms, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society, scientists, and other stakeholders to discuss and develop concrete investment plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa. The meeting was held on September 1-4, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was attended by over 1,000 delegates.

For more information on the Forum, contact Sylvia Mwichuli, Communications Manager at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) at smwichuli@agra.org.