Opinion: Africa: Leapfrogging into the future

Matz forum

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) told delegates attending the African agriculture forum last week in Accra, Ghana that Africa was “leapfrogging into the future.” There is significant evidence supporting her statement as African countries recognize agriculture as the center of their development policy.

The 2,800 delegates to the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), including 28 Ministers of Agriculture and representatives from 79 countries, were hosted by the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nane Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. H. E. Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe, the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, was introduced as the new Chairman of AGRA taking the gavel from Strive Masiyiwa. Masiyiwa, who Forbes Magazine called “the Bill Gates of Africa”, introduced his successor “to complete the mission.”

The presence of the private sector increased significantly at this year’s AGRF. There were major international giants including Corteva, John Deere, Syngenta, Nestle and Land O’Lakes as well as many African companies and young African entrepreneurs. Uche Ogoi, the COO of Lori Systems, is a trucking company operating in nine countries with 10,000 trucks. Commodity exchanges are being established, and more processing of African commodities is being done on the continent by African companies. Continue reading…

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