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Monday, September 9, 2013

African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)

4 - 6 September 2013. Maputo, Mozambique. The AGRF 2013 was attended by 250 leaders from 140 organisations, including African Governments, the African Union, African Development Bank, farmers’ associations, agri-business companies, non-Governmental organisations, and research institutes in over 25 countries – stakeholders who share the objective of improving and scaling up the productivity of Africa’s smallholder farmers.

The overall theme for AGRF 2013 was ‘scaling up and financing inclusive agribusiness through transformative public-private partnerships’.

The AGRF had three sub-themes:
  • Review of CAADP – key concerns in the next 10 years in relation to public-private partnerships for agriculture development.
  • Inclusive business models – what are the scalable models of smallholder inclusion into commercial agricultural value chains or that provide effective market access?
  • Innovative financing models – what are the scalable models to stimulate growth and value chain partnership expansion in Africa.
The overall objective of AGRF 2013 was to provide a forum for key stakeholders to identify the key inclusive business models and innovative financing arrangements which adequately respond to the needs of smallholder producers as the stakeholders who are central to making an African Green Revolution work.
opportunities and propose actions for the development and successful implementation of public-private partnerships which are underpinned by

In attendance were the following PAEPARD partners: FARA, Food Agriculture and Natural Resources
Policy (FANRPAN), NASFAM, SACAU, Technical Centre for 
Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA).

AGRF 2013 Program
AGRF 2013 Participants List (28.08.13)
AGRF Closing Statement and Call Action

The World Food Prize Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation September 5 announced Charity Mutegi, a 38-year-old agricultural scientist from Kenya, is the 2013 winner of the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application during the African Green Revolution Forum in Maputo, Mozambique. Mutegi will be presented with the award October 16, World Food Day, in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium.

Mutegi led efforts to develop a biocontrol solution to significantly reduce aflatoxin, a deadly mold that occurs in maize and other grains during production, harvest, storage or processing. The product Mutegi developed, called KE01, is affordable for farmers and environmentally safe, according to the World Food Prize.

Mutegi currently is Kenya country coordinator for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture's Aflasafe Project and leads a project in Kenya funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a biological long-term solution to managing aflatoxin.

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) launched its inaugural report on the state of African agriculture.
  • The Africa Agriculture Status Report takes an in-depth look at the staple crop value chain – from classroom to field to market – in 16 countries across the continent. 
  • The report brings together data and analysis from over 15 national and international organisations, including ministries of agriculture, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. 
  • It presents data in an accessible and consistent format, creating a benchmark against which to monitor the development of agriculture in Africa.
Executive Summary
Full report

The Guardian 17/09: Jane Karuku is president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
Africa shouldn't take GM crops lightly, but neither can it ignore their potential. 

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