The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana has called on agriculture stakeholders on the African continent to share lessons and experience in a bid to take the agriculture sector to the next level as ‘it is to drive Continental and International trades.”
The Minister made the call during the ongoing African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) which is taking place in Kigali. The 4-day event was organized under the theme: “Lead. Measure. Grow: Enabling new pathways to turn smallholders into sustainable agribusinesses.”
“We are congregating here to track the progress made by agricultural transformation efforts, share lessons, debate what worked, what didn’t and why and shape up new ideas and actions to continue supporting African agricultural priorities, scale up innovative initiatives and move our Continent to the next level,” the Minister pointed out.
She added that: “the sector has to create jobs to our young and growing population across value chains, it is set to drive the Continental and International trades, it is set to be a trillion dollar business by 2030 if we do our job right, and generate wealth for our communities and nations.”
Though African people are facing the climate change challenges, the minister noted, they have accumulated more evidence and data, and they have greater tools and means so they can go faster. And purposely, they make African Agriculture beyond just guaranteeing food security and nutrition to the farming community.
The minister urged participants to the AGRF to get beyond just the numbers and potential, and use the platform to get the African agriculture transformation to its real meaning.
The 2018 Forum attracted around 2,000 delegates from across the continent and the world. These include high-level dignitaries, including current and former Heads of State and Government; Agriculture and Finance Ministers; eminent leaders of global development institutions; top industry captains from the national, regional, and global private sec