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The new Leadership4Agriculture (L4AG) Forum
WHO: African Development Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation
WHAT: Launch of the Leadership4Agriculture (L4AG) Forum
WHERE: Hotel Kempinski, Accra, Ghana
WHEN: Monday, 2 September 2019
The African Development Bank, with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, is launching a new L4AG Forum on 2 September 2019 in Accra, Ghana on the margins of the African Green Revolution Forum.
Since 2017, the African Development Bank’s Leadership4Agriculture, or L4AG Forum has brought senior and influential government and private sector leaders together for dialogue, advocacy and policy formation to strengthen Africa’s agriculture sector.
This year there will be a revised, more effective L4AG platform, with more focus on change champions and priority themes. The new L4AG will support African agricultural transformation through peer-to-peer learning, and help the Bank’s regional member countries leapfrog to strong growth in agricultural transformation from lessons learned and best practices in other countries.
The new L4AG platform identifies government ministers responsible for agriculture, livestock and fisheries, as well as their senior leadership - permanent/principal secretaries, and directors in charge of implementing government strategies and plans. The platform will also engage treasury or finance ministry leadership, as planning and operations that drive agriculture, livestock and fisheries are typically spread across other government ministries and departments.
There will be a focus on priority countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. The objective of the revised L4AG is to help African ministers with crop, livestock and fisheries portfolios, as well as their senior civil servants to identity the key bottlenecks to, and opportunities for, strong growth in agricultural production and value addition in their countries. L4AG seeks commitments to find solutions.
Expected outcomes of the 2 September 2019 meeting include:
- Ministers have a clear understanding of what works and what doesn’t with the distribution of agriculture subsidies.
- Ministers share experiences on programmes that increase agriculture productivity.
- Ministers see the benefits of the experiences of their peers.
- Permanent secretaries and directors discuss best practices in sustainably transforming national agriculture sectors.