From Farm to Market

Moderator:  Mr. Jeff Koinange, Chief Reporter, K24, Kenya

Lead Speaker:  Hon. Akinwunmi Adesina, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria

Panelists:

  • Hon. Agnes Kalibata, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda.
  • Hon. Luc Oyoubi, Minister of Agriculture, Gabon
  • Hon. Mr. Manuel Chang, Minister of Finance, Mozambique
  • Hon. Tress Bucyananyandi, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries, Uganda

Rapporteur:   Mr. Chiji Ojukwu, Director, Agriculture & Agro-Industry, AfDB

Description:

Africa’s agriculture sector accounts for 15% of GDP, is the main source of income for 90% of the rural population, accounts for 20% of export value and provides employment for 57% of the labour force, 47% of which are women. The continent is also rich in biodiversity. Yet, Africa imports US $25 billion worth of food each year, with only US $1 billion coming from Africa. The value chain approach to agriculture could assist to identify viable, remunerative income-earning opportunities, and market linkages that drive agriculture, and engender inclusive growth. Supporting agricultural value chains is central to the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy (2013-2022), but this has not been well engrained among stakeholders, especially at the policy level. The objectives of this side event are to:

  • Discuss, demonstrate and inform stakeholders of the transformational benefits of agricultural value chains; and
  • Encourage Bank Regional Member Countries and partners to invest in the approach.

These efforts will assist to better position African agriculture to respond to future challenges and demands.


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If you look at the money they get from fishing in African waters, it is more than the money they send to Africa through development aid. This is a case of the rich versus the poor. Therefore, as leaders, we must take action.

Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President

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