T his year’s AGRF is themed: “Walking the Talk on Youth and Women: Bringing Inclusive Agricultural Markets to Life”. This is both timely and apt, as the continent seeks to make the prosperity inherent in agriculture-as-enterprise more inclusive for women and youth. To put this in perspective, Africa’s agriculture has the potential to generate all of the food that is currently imported.
This importation is valued at per year.
The theme was selected in direct response to a call by young people and gender-based organizations who attended last year’s Forum to dedicate a forum to discuss strategies for overcoming challenges affecting them. We believe that for Africa to fully unlock the prosperity inherent in its agriculture, we must make its value chains work for men, women and youth. Africa must define clear strategies for increasing access to operational finance and to lucrative markets to enable youth and women engaging in agriculture as a business enterprise. This will in turn spur the growth of associated industries, with the net result being more shared prosperity for Africa’s men, women and youth – and a triple dividend of improved food security, increased incomes and employment creation.
Organizers: AGRF Partners Groups, Government of Zambia and Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA).