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Bilateral on the margins of AGRF 2018

On the margins of the AGRF18 Grow Africa and IDH leadership met with the Minister of Agriculture of Côte d'Iivoire, H.E Sangafowa Mamadou; to discuss the issue of rice self-sufficiency in the ECOWAS region which import for 4 billion USD of rice per year.

Grow Africa and IDH presented to the Ivoirian authorities an integrated business case study initiative which will help attract private sector investments simultaneously in 6 ECOWAS countries while using the comparative advantage of each country.  All of these measures are geared at reducing to zero, by 2025, rice imports into the region.
 
Mr Sangafowa congratulated Grow Africa and IDH for this innovative approach and encouraged the two organizations to move rapidly to its operationalization.