The African Development Bank’s Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, in collaboration with Grow Africa and the Initiative for Global Development (IGD), organized the first-ever Leadership for Agriculture Forum on 28 November 2017 at the AfDB headquarters, Abidjan Cote d’ivoire.
Guided by recent analysis and findings from the World Bank’s 2017 Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) Report and the African Centre for Economic Transformation’s 2017 Africa Transformation Report focused on using this first Forum can be used explored agribusiness as the engine of economic transformation in Africa.
Recent analysis, findings and recommendations from these two reports guided conversations among government, private sector and civil society leaders on concrete actions to address constraints and drive agribusiness development in the Bank’s regional member countries (RMC).
The outcomes of the Forum are as follows:
- Agriculture and agribusiness champions are provided an opportunity to engage in dialogue on growing the agribusiness sector in Africa;
- Government leaders are provided an opportunity to seek support for policy reforms that will drive agribusiness growth in their respective countries;
- Private sector leaders are provided with agribusiness investment opportunities in participating RMCs.
Participants include agriculture transformation champions including Ministers of Finance and Agriculture, Heads of Chambers of Commerce, Central Bank Governors, business leaders as well as influential community mobilizers across Africa.