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2016-09-10 13:45:56

AGRF2016 : Seize the moment: Africa Rising through Agricultural Transformation Day 5 top media coverage and stories

“African countries ought to view the agriculture sector as the backbone of their economies and agent for transformation,” H.E Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda

Following the official opening of the sixth African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), it was a great moment for African agriculture as African leaders, businesses, and major development partners pledged more than US $30 billion dollars in investments to increase production, income and employment for smallholder farmers and local African agriculture businesses over the next ten years. The collective pledges at AGRF 2016 are believed to represent the largest package of financial commitments to the African agricultural sector to date, backed by the broadest coalitions ever assembled in support of food production on the continent.

TOP 10 CLIPPINGS IN PRINT & ONLINE MEDIA

Ghana Business News, African countries promised $30b investments in agriculture, (Written by Emmanuel K. Dogbevi)

African leaders, businesses and international donors have made promises to contributing a total of $30 billion to the continent’s agriculture sector at the ongoing sixth African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), in Nairobi, Kenya.

EIN News, African Leaders urge to invest more in Agriculture

H.E. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, yesterday joined Kenyan President H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta and President of Rwanda, H.E. Paul Kagame at a presidential panel on transforming African agriculture, during the official opening ceremony of the Alliance for a Green Revolution Forum 2016, in Nairobi, Republic of Kenya.

Ventures Africa, The role of smallholder farmers in sustaining the progress of agricultural transformation in Africa, (Written by Felicia Omari Ochelle)

In recent times, stakeholders in Africa’s agricultural sector have laid the foundations for a renaissance in agriculture across the continent; one powered by the enormous progress increasingly evident in farmers who are gaining more options in the seeds they plant, in the fertilisers they use, and in the markets available to purchase their produce. Farmers also have better access to markets, farming has also fast become more commercialised and productive.

Capital FM, Kenya investing 6 percent of budget to agriculture, (Written by (Kennedy Kangethe)

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett says the country is committed to achieving the 10 percent investment of national budget to agriculture as agreed at the Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security in 2003.

The Post, Zambia’s tea industry can grow the economy – Kenyan farmer, (Written by Chambwa Moonga)

Moi Wanyama, in an interview at the ongoing sixth edition of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) on agriculture in Nairobi, explained that if well harnessed, Zambia’s tea industry could add significance to the country’s economy.

The Star, African farmers to get Sh 3 trillion pledges, Uhuru to give Sh 20 billion, (Written by John Muchangi)

Small-scale Kenyan farmers and local technology entrepreneurs will benefit greatly from the Sh3 trillion ($30 billion) parties have pledged to spend on agriculture in Africa over 10 years.

The Exchange, President Kagame urges Africa to take agriculture seriously and embrace technology

Putting agriculture sector at the centre stage of the continent’s development has the power to shape Africa’s economic future. This is according to President Paul Kagame.

The New Times, African states should step up agriculture transformation efforts, (Written by New Times)

Putting the agriculture sector at the centre stage of Africa’s development has the power to shape the continent’s economic future. The observation was made by President Paul Kagame, on Wednesday, during the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Daily News, Africa pledges $30bn support to small-scale farmers, (Written by Henry Lyimo)

African leaders, business people and major development partners pledged more than 30billion US dollars in investments to increase production, income and employment for small scale farmers and local African agricultural businesses over the next ten years.

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

TOP CLIPPINGS IN ELECTRONIC NEWS

CCTV Africa, interview: Boaz Keizire, African Green Revolution Forum

CCTV’s Uche Okoronkwo hosts Boaz Keizire, Policy Head at the African Green Revolution Forum who expounds more on the forum.

CNBC Africa, Initiatives to build resilient economies in Africa

Unemployment, food insecurity and exposure to external shocks are among the challenges that the continent of Africa continues to face.

NTV, $30B pledged for farming in Africa

As the African Green Revolution Forum draws to a close, 30B dollars has already been placed on the table to fund different aspects of the agricultural value chain in order to increase production over the next 10 years.

KBC Channel 1, Africa loses over $69 billion in illicit financial inflows

Former Nigerien President Olusegun Obasanjo, while speaking at the AGRF conference in Nairobi says Africa is losing over $69 billion in illicit financial outflows through tax evasion and fraud annually.

KTN News, Interview: Dr. James Nyoro, Presidential advisor on agriculture

Dr. James Nyoro, Presidential advisor on agriculture talks about various projects by government like the Galana Kulalu Irrigation Project and SGR that aimed at reduce food prices in the near future.

TOP NEWS ON PARTNERS

Investors Ideas, Root Capital and the MasterCard Foundation to Increase Incomes for 300,000 Farmers in West Africa, (Written by Lauren Baum)

Impact investing pioneer Root Capital (www.RootCapital.org) announced today at the African Green Revolution Forum a new partnership with The MasterCard Foundation (www.MastercardFdn.org) that will help raise incomes for over 300,000 smallholder farmers in West Africa. 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.

Footprint to Africa, IFAD President Awarded the Africa Food Prize, (Written by Mally W. Maina)

The $100, 000 prize package from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) was launched by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in Accra, Ghana in July 2016 replacing the Yara Prize that was established in 2005.

Eye Witness, Farm boost of $30b aimed at helping Africa ‘feed itself’

African farmers are set to benefit from tens of billions of dollars pledged by African leaders, development banks, the private sector and international donors at a conference in Nairobi this week.

Voice of America, Push for Agricultural renaissance in Africa gets $30 billion boost, (Lenny Ruvanga)

The forum is wrapping up with a significant boost toward that goal: a pledge of $30 billion during the next 10 years to support smallholder farmers and local African agribusinesses. The donors include African governments, businesses and development partners, many of whom have been present for the Nairobi forum.

Ghana Trade, Essoko gets a US$867,788 grant to help smallholder farmers, (Written by Correspondent)

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) this week announced a US$867,788 grant to Essoko Ghana for the implementation of a MasterCard Foundation-funded project- the Agro Input Access Solution Project.

TOP BLOGS & URLs – AFRICA FOCUS

$60 billion boost for agriculture, Fresh plaza

On Wednesday 7 September, political leaders and philanthropists committed themselves to securing investment in Africa for agriculture. Heads of state were among the figures which met at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) at UN headquarters in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Report by African Green Revolution Forum calls for training of smallholder farmers, Farmers Trend

The Status of Agriculture in Africa report said while stakeholders including policy makers, has undergone one or two forms of training, smallholder farmers have always been left on their own mainly relying on obsolete traditional knowledge produce goods.

Agric investment yields growth and nutrition gains for Africa, B&FT Online

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 organization said on Tuesday.

Written by NIYIGABA Etienne (niyigabat@gmail.com) in collaboration with Jean Claude Ndayambaje (jndayambaje@outlook.com)

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