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.

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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