African heads of state, industry representatives, the international donor community and farmers will meet in Ghana at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in the first week of September.

The AGRF runs from 2_4 September in Accra. It will be chaired by former UN Secretary_General, Kofi Annan, and hosted by H.E. John Atta Mills, President of Ghana.

Confirmed speakers include heads of state, CEOs and leaders in donor and development finance, including: Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania; Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria; Kanayo Nwanze, President, IFAD; Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation; Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive, NEPAD Agency; Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union.

Delegates will create an action plan on the acceleration of a Green Revolution in Africa.  Chaired by Kofi Annan, chair of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), this is the first time the forum will be held in Africa.

It is expected to be one of the continent’s major gatherings of both public and private players to focus solely on agriculture development. A number of private players will take leading roles at the AGRF.

Jørgen Ole Haslestad, Chief Executive, Yara International ASA, says: “At the African Green Revolution Forum in Ghana we expect to continue the momentum from other recent summits. We need both the entrepreneurship attitude from business and political leadership to create environments that enable financing and smallholder farmers to flourish.”

Clive Tasker, Chief Executive, Standard Bank Africa, says: “Commercially viable agriculture can yield food for millions and eliminate hunger. Farmers, NGOs, public and private partners will sit at the same table at the African Green Revolution Forum. Together we will support the real progress on the ground.”

The NEPAD Agency Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, says “Africa has the potential to become a major food producer ensuring food security on our continent and beyond. This opportunity can only become reality if systemic transformation takes place at the farmer, NGO, policy and continental level.

Moving AGRF to Africa, is a clear statement on the need for rooting the Green Revolution on the ground, and will be a key driving force, in eliciting stakeholders’ commitments to transformation.”

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