"We have what money can't buy," said Theo de Jager, President of the Pan-African Farmers' Organisation (PAFO), during his closing speech at the 3rd PAFO Continental Briefing in Durban, South Africa, 29 November. "We have land, we have the soil, we have the climate, we have the farmers. We can build the skills, buy the machinery and inputs we need to get the best out of what we have."
November 30, 2015
For immediate release - Durban, 30 November 2015
An international forum designed to showcase how sustainable technologies can offer solutions to some of agriculture’s most pressing challenges opens tomorrow in Durban, South Africa. The first African edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA Africa) organized in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) will explore the continent’s strong potential for tapping into science, technology and innovation that can revolutionise agricultural production and trade. In the run-up of this event, CTA and farmers' organizations are holding a Continental Briefing on Advancing African Agriculture through Agribusiness Development as well as a series of side events. The events will explore the challenges and opportunities for agribusiness Development in Africa, as well as innovations for climate-smart and ICT solutions for agriculture.
Developing agribusiness to advance African agriculture will be the topic of the 3rd PAFO Continental Briefing that CTA is organising with the Panafrican Farmers’ Organization (PAFO), part of an annual series of Briefings addressing the most pertinent issues for African farmers. The briefing will take place in Durban, South Africa, from 28−29 November 2015, in the context of the inaugural Africa edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), which takes place from 1−2 December 2015.
Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, a people-oriented scientist and the first female President of Mauritius, has a ‘can-do’ message for the African agri-food sector. Africa, she says, has the human capital to transform its agricultural sector. What’s more, growth in African urban markets provides new opportunities for developing agri-enterprises. In the latest CTA white paper, Professor Gurib-Fakim calls for a cadre of high-level champions to back integrated innovation across the agri-food sector – innovation that brings together state-of-the-art technologies and approaches, scales up advances, invests responsibly, spurs policy incentives, provides market-friendly rural infrastructure and creates vibrant regional markets and value chains.