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Feeding Africa: an action plan for African agriculture transformation

October 21, 2015

Despite recent widespread economic growth and increased productivity in Africa, over 120 million Africans are unemployed and over 672 million live on less than 2 USD/day. Of the unemployed, 60% are young people. The economic, social and moral burden of imperilled livelihoods, extreme poverty and malnutrition is such that Africa risks losing recent gains made if these issues are left unattended.

The goal of this three-day Dakar High-Level Conference on Agricultural Transformation is the development of a strategic action plan for agricultural transformation in Africa. The aim is to build a strong and sustainable agricultural sector for food and nutrition security, youth employment, poverty alleviation and rural transformation.

The conference is organised by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), the Government of Senegal, the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. It brings together ministers, governors of central banks, business leaders, private sector players, academics, investment agencies, civil society organisations and experts from across the continent and beyond, to deliberate on innovative approaches to convert the tremendous potential of the sector into real opportunities.

CTA is represented at the event by Olu Ajayi, Senior programme coordinator for agricultural and rural development policy, and Ken Lohento, Programme Coordinator for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and for the Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project.

More in particular, CTA is co-organising a session on youth in agribusiness with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on 22 October 2015. For further details, please download the session's background paper. On the same day, Ken Lohento is also contributing as a discussant in the session on 'Agricultural Industrialisation in Africa'. A background paper on 'Agribusiness for Africa’s Prosperity' is also available for download.  

In his opening speech, on 21 October 2015, AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina tabled such topics as agribusiness, innovative financial mechanisms (including commodity exchanges), warehouses, encouraging central banks to lend to agriculture which can be profitable, youth and agribusiness, women in agriculture, and e-wallets in Nigeria.

Date: 21–23 October 2015

Location: Abdou Diouf International Conference Center - Dakar, Senegal.

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