Over 250 African and global leaders gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, from May 10-11 to participate in the 2016 Grow Africa Investment Forum (GAIF). The 2016 Investment Forum took place at a milestone moment for Grow Africa, as the secretariat transitions from the World Economic Forum to The NEPAD Agency headquarters in South Africa, and welcomes the new Grow Africa Executive Director, William Asiko to lead the initiative from its new base on the African continent. These new developments will provide Grow Africa with a stronger regional presence through which to build on the achievements to date. Since Grow Africa’s inception, over $2.3 billion in private sector investments has been implemented by Grow Africa partners, benefiting over 10 million smallholder farmers.

The two-day Investment Forum focused on accelerating investment into specific value chains where tangible opportunities have been identified and progressed over the past year by Grow Africa and its partners. This focus was delivered through four interactive value chain sessions on cassava, rice, potato, and seed, followed by four best practice and innovation sessions, seeking to generate greater levels of innovation to address shared challenges and bottlenecks that hinder agricultural development and investment.

Country-specific investment opportunities were also shared with investors, through sessions dedicated to presentations by ministerial delegations from Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, and Senegal.

Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continuing development of the agriculture sector in an inclusive manner, and the central role of both public and private investment in achieving this.

The GAIF 16 Summary is now available.