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AGRF 2020: TAAT Convenes Session on Agrotechnology to Feed Africa

Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) is convening a high-level session on “Agricultural Technologies for Feeding the Cities” at this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). The session will hold on the 8th of September 2020 via the AGRF’s virtual platform.

Organised by the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the AGRF is the world’s premier forum for advancing Africa’s agricultural agenda. At its 10th anniversary, the summit is expected to use its full weight, resources, and partnerships to energise political will and drive the actions required to overcome the major challenges affecting African agriculture.

With the theme Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent: Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa, the virtual summit, which is being co-hosted by the Government of Rwanda under the leadership of H.E. President Kagame and the AGRF Partners Group, aspires to rally action on rethinking African food systems to deliver resilient, better nourished, and more prosperous outcomes for all.

In line with the theme, TAAT’s session seeks to provide insight on how African agriculture is being transformed through the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Feed Africa Strategy with particular emphasis on proven technologies and innovative partnerships as vehicles of delivery.

The session will also bring to fore, the strategic linkage between research and delivery as well as TAAT’s success stories in feeding African cities through its Wheat Revolution, Intensification of Cassava Production and Commercialisation, and Building the Capacity of African Farmers through Technology Outreach.

Meeting Objectives

The virtual session is expected to advance the cause of African agricultural transformation via the lens of the Feed Africa strategy – put in place by the African Development Bank.

It will address innovative options for accelerating African agricultural transformation in a post-COVID-19 era through the deployment of proven agricultural technologies and partnerships capable of bringing food security to African cities and rural communities. Workable strategies for mitigating the impacts of the pandemic on food security for Africa will also be proffered.

Speakers:

Dr. Martin Fregene, Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industries, African Development Bank, Dr. Ken Dashiell, Deputy Director General (Partnerships for Delivery), IITA, Dr. Chrys Akem, TAAT Programme Coordinator, Dr. Innocent Musabyimana, Head TAAT Clearinghouse, Dr. Irene Annor-Frempong, Director Research & Innovations, FARA

Dr. Zewdie Bishaw, TAAT Wheat Compact Coordinator, ICARDA, Dr. Abass Adebayo, TAAT Cassava Compact Coordinator, IITA

Expected participants includes, current and Former Heads of State and Government, Agriculture and Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors, Top and emerging private sector industry, Representatives of farmer organizations, Eminent leaders of global and regional development institutions, Civil society and media representatives


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