- rethinking public-private partnerships,
- revolutionizing agricultural finance,
- making markets work, and
- building the foundations for rapid growth in agricultural productivity.
“Public and private investment in agriculture increased, due to better policies and regulatory measures”, he said. “We have seen greater small-holder access to improved, higher yielding seed of stable foods, and to more affordable fertilizer and better techniques for its application, such as microdosing. Significant investments have taken place in large breadbasket areas in Ghana, Mali, Mozambique and here in Tanzania, as well as in several agricultural growth corridors”.Jørgen Ole Haslestad, who is the co-chair of the Forum, said the AGRF serves as an important incubator for innovative solutions to growing the African agricultural sector.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives,
Eng Christopher Chiza, and the President of
the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
(AGRA), Ms Jane Karuku
AGRF inspired tremendous discussions and developed actionable plans to bring us closer to achieving food and nutrition security. It is critical that we move forward with these real, practical and pragmatic actions at the farmer-level, not at the office-level.” President Jakaya Kikwete has strongly defended the need to scale up investments and innovation for sustainable agricultural growth and food security in Africa by putting at the centre of agriculture smallholder farmers whose production and productivity is low.
The government of Tanzania is planning a mechanism which will ensure all agricultural meetings and workshops are held in places where farmers will be given opportunity to participate directly in initiatives and discussions involving the relevant issues for implementation.