Grow Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa

In 2017, Grow Africa hosted two private sessions within the World Economic Forum and contribute to a public session on agriculture.

The aim was to identify opportunities for improving alignment between public and private-sector investments into agriculture to enable a better return on public-sector spending on infrastructure and investments in policy improvements, whilst optimising capital investment requirements and reducing business risk for private-sector companies.

Misalignment between public and private sectors on investment priorities and associated policy instruments is consistently surfaced by Grow Africa partners as the key obstacle to accelerating investment in agricultural value chains. Grow Africa used the opportunity of the World Economic Forum on Africa to convene ministers, CEOs and leaders of African and International institutions to agree concrete action items to improve the enabling environment for investments that support the country-anchored, commodity-specific value-chain platform work that forms the core of Grow Africa’s strategy through to 2020.

Improving the Investment Environment for African Agriculture - Interactive session

The leadership dialogue surfaced the most urgent issues hindering sustainable and inclusive investments in agriculture; with the aim of distilling them into concrete commitments to action by leaders from business and governments.

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Improving Alignment in African Food Systems - Interactive dinner

This dinner session focused on measures and proven best practices to improve alignment among stakeholders in African food systems, addressing issues including: aligning investment against policy priorities, effective business models for working with smallholder farmers, and the potential of blended finance instruments to address the agricultural financing gap.

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[DOWNLOAD] Outcomes of Grow Africa Sessions during World Economic Forum on Africa 2017, Durban, South Africa