A Call to Action on Accelerated Agribusiness Investments and Food System Alignment in Africa

On 3 May 2017, Grow Africa convened two leadership dialogues on Agribusiness Investment and Food System Alignment, on the margins of the World Economic Forum 2017 that took place in Durban. Delegates included heads of government; government ministers of finance, agriculture and planning; senior leaders from food and agriculture businesses, development partner organizations, civil society and financial institutions. Notable delegates included: H.E. Macky Sall, President of Senegal, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, former President of Ghana, and H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania. 

The combined sessions were attended by more than 160 participants who engaged in robust discussions around key themes that resulted in rich insights that were framed as priority actions for government leaders, development partners and private sector businesses to strengthen agribusiness investments and align African food systems for shared prosperity and food security. 

Grow Africa is most grateful for guidance and support provided by NEPAD, led by Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, who energized the participants in his welcome remarks, urging for a ‘cultural revolution’ that will shape how public and private sectors engage with each other on policy reform and key initiatives to contribute to Africa’s agricultural transformation. Grow africa is also grateful to the World Economic Forum for its support and leadership.

The Grow Africa sessions ended with a call to action on accelerated agribusiness investments and food system alignment in Africa through continued dialogue on policy reform and priority programs among all actors: government, development partner and private sector. Grow Africa will be tabling the priority outcomes with heads of government and ministers of government in the coming weeks and months for prioritization and action.  The summary outcomes can be found here.