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2016-09-08 13:05:13

AGRF2016:Seize the moment: Africa Rising through Agricultural Transformation Day 3&4 top media coverage and stories

“I have seen the power of investments to help individuals and whole communities to change their future” Kanayo F. Nwanze, IFAD President and Winner of the 2016 African Food Priz
The 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2016) was officially opened yesterday by H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. The Grand Ceremony was also graced by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, Tanzania’s former President Jakaya Kikwete, former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo and African Union Commissioner Rhoda Peace.

“Let African governments streamline their national plans and strategies to align them to the Malabo Declaration and have specific timelines to achieve the set goals,” President Kenyatta said during his speech…Read speech

Business Daily, Africa can improve yields, nutrition by raising investment

African countries that took early action in the past decade to invest in agriculture have reaped the rewards, enjoying higher economic growth and a bigger drop in malnutrition, a major farming development organisation said on Tuesday.

Daily Nation, Forum pushes for higher investment in agriculture, (Written by Leopold Obi)

African leaders and think tanks issued a common call to push the region’s investments in agriculture to the next level in the next five years.

The People Daily, Kenya to pump Sh20b in agriculture, says Uhuru, (Written by George Kebaso and Fred Aminga)

The Kenyan government will invest Sh20 billion ($200 million) in the agriculture sector over the next five years to enable farmers access finance, farm inputs, technology and machinery in what is expected to spur agro-processing in the country.

The Standard, Uhuru’s Sh20b shot in the arm to boost agriculture, (Written by Protus Onyango)

Farmers in Kenya will now be able to access Sh51 billion to improve their farming activities after President Uhuru Kenyatta said his government had set aside Sh20 billion ($200 million) to invest in agriculture in the next five years.

Ventures Africa, watch live: AGRF 2016 day 3 symposium, (Written by Fumnanya Agbugah)

The sixth edition of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, at the United Nations Complex from the 5th to 9th of May 2016. The forum, themed “Seize the Moment: Securing Africa’s Rise through Agricultural Transformation,” is attended by over 1500 delegates, the largest number of AGRF participants ever.

The Star, Focus on smallholder farmers for food security, state told, (Written by John Muchangi)

The thousands of small-scale farmers in the villages remain Kenya’s hope for food security and sustained economic growth, leaders have said.

Coomod Africa, A Nairobi, on planche sur la révolution agricole en Afrique, (Written by Par Commod Africa)

“Après des décennies de stagnation, la plupart de l’Afrique a enregistré une croissance soutenue de la productivité agricole depuis 2005”, souligne un rapport de l’Alliance pour une révolution verte en Afrique (Agra, de son sigle anglais) présenté hier, à Nairobi, à l’ouverture du 6ème Forum sur la révolution verte en Afrique (AGRF), intitulé “Seize the Moment: Securing Africa’s Rise Through Agricultural Transformation”. Quelque 1500 personnes venues de 40 pays participent à cet évènement qui dure toute la semaine.

Biz Community, Agriculture contribution to GPD in Africa declining, (Written by Kennedy Kangethe)

Agriculture contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Africa has continued to deteriorate in the last five years. According to Rockefeller Foundation Africa managing director Mamadou Biteye, the agricultural sector in Africa has been diminishing as countries remain adamant in investing in the sector.

The New Times, Agriculture can shape Africa’s development path, says Kagame, (Written by Collins Mwai)

President Kagame was speaking, yesterday, at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Nairobi, Kenya, during a panel session alongside Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rhoda Tumusiime, the African Union commissioner for rural development and agriculture.

Anadolu Agency, ‘$60 billion’ pledged for Africa agriculture, (Written by Magdalene Mukami)

Heads of state were among the figures which met at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) at UN headquarters in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi

CNBC Africa, interview: David Ameyaw, Lead Author, African Agriculture Status Report 2016, AGRA

David Ameyaw, Lead Author, African Agriculture Status Report 2016, AGRA discusses about the agriculture report.

Citizen TV, Farmer extension slowing down agriculture growth

Lack of Farmer extension services to most farmers in the country has being named as what is slowing down agriculture growth in the country.

NTV, live coverage: African Green Revolution Forum

The feature was focused on the African Green Revolution Forum which was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi.

KTN, African government’s urged to finance small scale farmers

African governments have been challenged to scale up funding’s to small holder farmers if the continent is to experience a green revolution and feed its fast growing population

The Post, Africa loses $35 billion annually through food imports – AGRA, (Written by Chambwa Moonga)
Kenya’s ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett says realistic industrialisation in African countries will not happen if it is not agro-based.

Africa News, Nigerian wins $100,000 ‘Africa Food Prize’ award, (Written by Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban)

Dr Kanayo Nwanze has been adjudged the winner of the inaugural ‘Africa Food Prize’ award. He was awarded for his courageous leadership in fostering solidarity with Africa’s small-scale farmer.

Capital FM, Africa losing Sh400bn yearly in post-harvest losses, (Written by Kennedy Kangethe)

International Fund for Agriculture Development President Konayo Nwanze attributes this to poor storage facilities on the continent that urgently needs to be addressed.

New Mail, Root Capital, MasterCard Foundation to increase incomes for 300,000 farmers in West Africa, (Written by Kayode Ogundele)

The Foundation has committed $5.2 million to Root Capital over five years to support early-stage agricultural businesses that generate transformational impact in rural communities in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Senegal.

Aljazeera, How can food security in Africa be achieved?

The Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA) says that agricultural productivity over the past 10 years has improved lives in Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

Business Day Live, Why early investment in farming is vital for Africa, (Written by Isaiah Esipisu)

African countries that took early action in the past decade to invest in agriculture have reaped the rewards, enjoying higher economic growth and a bigger drop in malnutrition, a major farming development organisation said on Tuesday


Mail &Guardian, Africa urgently needs to be part of the microbial revolution sweeping through farming,
(Written by Dumi Gumbi)

Not too many years ago, global health advocates bemoaned the fact that it took decades for lifesaving vaccines to become widely accessible in poorer countries. This resulted in the unnecessary deaths of millions of children every year.

Bloomberg, small is better in Africa’s economies as biggest nations stumble, (Written by Hellen Nyambura Mwaura)

East African nations are playing an increasing role in driving growth in the world’s poorest continent as they ride a wave of cheap oil, slowing inflation and lower interest rates. Left behind: Former powerhouses Nigeria and South Africa.

New Report Finds Ten Years On, African Countries that Embraced Agriculture Saw Food Production, GDP and Nutrition All Improve, Smart farmer Magazine

A decade of intense domestic attention to farmers and food production has generated “the most successful development effort” in African history, with countries that made the biggest investments rewarded with sizeable jumps in both farm productivity and overall economic performance, according to a new report released today by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

AfDB shares its long term agenda for continental agriculture and agribusiness development at African revolution forum, Kitomari banking and finance blog

The African Development Bank discusses its bold agenda to transform Africa’s agriculture and agribusiness long-term wealth creation.

One in five Africans are underfed due to climate impact on farming, Anatao picked from the standard

According to the report released at the ongoing Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) conference at UN, Gigiri, a projected rise in extreme weather conditions and average temperatures of about two degree Celsius by mid-century could substantially reduce the land suitable for growing the main staple crops, and reduce crop yields by up to 20 per cent.

New Report Makes a Strong Case for Betting Big on Agriculture in Africa, Med Africa

As the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) kicked off this sept. 6 in Nairobi, with the participation of heads of state and high-level officials from around the world, a new report revealed that the countries which invested in agriculture were rewarded with sizeable jumps in both farm productivity and overall economic performance.

Written by NIYIGABA Etienne ( in collaboration with Jean Claude Ndayambaje (

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