A "Green Revolution" in Africa: What Framework for Success?
03 May - 07 May, 2008 (Session 452)
A number of recent events demonstrate renewed attention to, and willingness to invest in, African agricultural development. Wisely managed, this could lead to a new era of responsible streamlined investment, capacity-building, policy change, and innovation, which in turn could release many millions of Africans from hunger and poverty, setting in motion a sustainable cycle of economic growth.
This session will consider various proposals for a "green revolution" in sub-Saharan Africa, placing them in a distinctly African context and with an eye to holistic development goals. The session will further seek to enable a broad range of stakeholder comment, and ensure that efforts to transform agriculture through new technology are undertaken within a broad policy framework that takes account of infrastructural prerequisites-physical, social and environmental. Participants will take up and further refine the action-oriented agendas that will have emerged from a high-level conference (chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan), convened in Salzburg immediately before the session. conference will focus on the articulation of an African paradigm, identifying strategic linkages and support systems to achieve critical goals.Participants in the session, from many of the same institutions represented in the conference, will move the agenda forward by analyzing the proposed strategic lines of action. Specifically, participants will aim to clarify and further define the objectives of the stakeholders involved, including donors, African governments, civil society, agricultural institutions (extension services, education, etc.), appropriate private sector companies and networks, and other key development actors.
The fee for this session is 3,300 EURO. The fee covers the cost of the program, accommodations, and meals. Limited scholarship funding may be available for those who are unable to pay the full fee (i.e. from developing countries or NGOs). Participants seeking scholarship assistance must submit an application for financial aid to our admissions office.
Kofi Annan Calls for United Effort to Accelerate African Green Revolution
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. 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. Available video includes an edited package and soundbites from Kofi Annan and the CEOs from Yara International and Standard Bank Africa.