Session 1: Opening Ceremony


Welcoming Remarks:

  • Cecilia AKINTOMIDE,
    Vice-President Secretary General, African Development Bank Group
  • Amadou BA, Minister of the Economy and Finance of Senegal

Opening Remarks and Vision Statement: An African Agricultural Transformation:
Akinwumi A. ADESINA, President, African Development Bank Group

H.E. Augustin Matata PONYO, Prime Minister, Democratic Republic of Congo

Keynote address
H.E. President Macky SALL, President of the Republic of Senegal

Visions of Prosperity – Presidential/Leaders Panel discussion
Moderated Event

  • H.E. President Macky SALL, President of the Republic of Senegal
  • H.E. Augustin Matata PONYO MAPON, Prime Minister, Democratic
    Republic of Congo
  • Akinwumi A. ADESINA, President, African Development Bank Group
  • Agnes KALIBATA, President, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa
  • Sidi Ould TAH, Director General, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa
  • Luciano COUTINHO, President, Brazilian Development Bank
  • Bertrand VIGNES, Director General, SIFCO Group
  • Tony ELEMELU, Chairman Heirs Holding

Photo Session / Press Conference
Press Conference with President Akinwumi A. ADESINA and President Macky SALL

Video Address: Jim Yong KIM, President, World Bank
Prof. Jeffrey SACHS, Columbia University

Session 2: Establishing Baselines and Targets for Agricultural Transformation in Africa

Goodwill Messages:
  • H.E. Rhoda Peace TUMUSIIME, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission (AUC)
  • Dr. Abdalla HAMDOK, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Overview of the African Agricultural Sector: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities for Transformation
Steven HAGGBLADE, Professor, Michigan State University

Success Stories:
  • Agricultural transformation agenda in Nigeria Sunny ECHONO, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Transformation of Ethiopian Agriculture: Mamo TEKALIGN, Agricultural Transformation Agency Ethiopia

En Route to Plentiful Food Production in Africa
Pedro SANCHEZ, The Earth Institute Columbia University

AfDB scaling up on Agriculture
Mr. Aly ABOU-SABAA, Vice President, African Development Bank Group

Awakening Africa's Sleeping Giant: Prospects for Commercial
Agriculture in the Guinea Savannah and Beyond
Mr. Simeon EHUI, Sector Manager, Agriculture and Rural Development,Africa Region, World Bank Group

Innovative Technologies for Agricultural Transformation in the Sahel Region
M. Jean-Luc FRANCOIS, Head of the Agriculture, Rural Development and Biodiversity Division, French Development Agency

Goodwill Messages:
  • Bukar TIJANI, Assistant Director General, Regional Representative for Africa,
    Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
  • Ramiro LOPES DA SILVA, Assistant Executive Director, World Food Program (WFP)
  • Mr. Perin SAINT-ANGE, Associate Vice-President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Coffee break

Session 3: Unlocking Africa’s Agricultural Potentials for Transformation to Scale

Parallel Session : Ministerial Dialogue on Innovative Financing
Facilitator: Akinwumi A. ADESINA, President, African Development Bank Group

Parallel sessions: Work stream # 1 - 4

Gala Dinner

Did you know

Africa produces 73% of world cocoa, with over 70% of that coming from Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria. 

Find out more


“Africa has 65% of all the arable land left in the world to meet the food needs of 9 billion people on the planet by 2050.” – Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

Contact: Ken Johm

Conference venue

Abdou Diouf International Conference Center - Dakar, Senegal

Participants whose expenses are not covered by the African Development Bank may send an email to for assistance with ticket reservations and accommodation in Dakar.