President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) at the United Nations Complex in Gigiri, Nairobi on Wednesday. The Forum is an opportunity to advance policies and secure investments in agriculture, which will ensure a better life for millions of African families.
The Head of State said the forum proposed three considerations: To collectively agree to streamline national plans and strategies so that they clearly align to the Malabo commitments and to give specific time frames in which this will happen.
Commitment to the goal of increasing financing for agriculture, which also proposed pledge to mobilise at least $400 billion (Ksh40,000 billion) of public and private sector investment over the next five years.
During the event, the head of the United Nations agency charged with eradicating rural poverty was awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize – and dedicated it to “the millions of African women who silently toil to feed their families.”
President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze said no nation has been able to transform itself without giving women the same rights and opportunities as men. “Our hope for future generations rests with African women who bear and raise our young people who will shape the African continent in the years to come,” he said.
The event was attended by key African leaders, including current and former president including Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Olusegun Obasanjo.