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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

2023 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR23)

AGRA. (2023). Empowering Africa’s Food Systems for the Future (Issue 11). Nairobi, Kenya: AGRA # 218 p.

One of the highlights of the 13th AGRF (Africa Green Revolution Forum) Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, wis the launch of the 2023 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR23).

The report is being released at a time when the continent’s food systems are dealing with a number of critical issues brought by increased food demand amidst production difficulties due to climate change. The report will delve into strategies to support African countries in transforming their food systems, based on a keen assessment of past and current food system failures.

The themes covered in this year’s report include: 
  1. assessing the state of Africa’s food systems amidst global crises, climate-related shocks, 
  2. the formulation of Sustainable Food Systems Transformation Plans, 
  3. the role of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in driving Africa’s food systems’ recovery, 
  4. the significance of innovation and technology in food system transformation, 
  5. and the exploration of Africa’s “demographic dividend” in agri-food sector transformation.


  1. The Overview Chapter 
  2. Assessing Structural Failure of African Food Systems 
  3. A Stocktake of Africa’s Food Systems 
  4. Revolutionizing Africa’s Agrifood System Transformation 
  5. The AfCFTA, a Driver of Africa Food Systems Recovery 
  6. Turning Adversity into Opportunity: How Africa’s evolving 
  7. Digital Revolution in Africa’s Food Systems 
  8. Accounting for Environmental-Nutrition Trade-offs in African Food Systems 
  9. Innovations and Knowledge for Food System Empowerment 
  10. Innovative Financing for Food Systems 
  11. Conclusion and Recommendations 
  • Dr. John Ulimwengu, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI (lead author) - Presentation of report 
  • Dr. Shenggen Fan, Senior Chair Professor, China Agricultural University
  • Dr. Simeon Ehui, Director-General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Regional Director for Continental Africa, CGIAR
  • Ms. Sodfa Daaji, Co-Chair, Afrika Youth Movement
  • Prof. Joachim von Braun, Professor at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University & AGRA Board Member
  • Mr. Omid Kassiri, Managing Partner of McKinsey East Africa, Co-Leader of Agriculture Practice in Africa, McKinsey & Company, Nairobi

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