Stakeholders dialogue on transforming agriculture to power economic growth

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) are jointly organizing a stakeholders policy dialogue on Agricultural Transformation in Ghana. The event will take place at the Conference Hall of the Economics Department, University of Ghana, Legon, on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 8:30am.

The agricultural transformation policy dialogue will focus on four policy areas identified by the two organisations as key priorities in transforming agriculture in Africa, drawn from the African Transformation Report 2017. The four areas are land reform, agro-processing, skills development and employment, and markets.

The report shows how a transformed agricultural sector can drive overall economic transformation in Africa.

“Agriculture can lead economic transformation in many countries in Africa—if farm productivity is raised and farming is linked to manufacturing and other sectors of the economy through agroprocessing, other agriculture-based manufacturing, and finance, logistics, and other upstream and downstream services”, the report says.

The dialogue will bring together relevant stakeholders in agriculture and agribusiness, including policymakers, private sector, civil society, academia, development partners and various youth in agriculture networks.

ACET is a Pan-African think-and-do tank that supports African governments to achieve an agenda of economic transformation. ACET achieves this goal through quality research that identifies challenges and pathways to transformation, while offering policy advice on critical economic issues. ACET works through a mechanism called the Pan-African Coalition for Transformation (PACT), which allows governments and local policymakers to gain information and support as they design and implement innovative policies for economic transformation. PACT is divided into eight chapters – including agriculture, light manufacturing and youth employment and skills – that are well positioned to deliver Africa’s economic transformation.

AGRA is an alliance led by Africans with roots in farming communities across the continent. It understands that African farmers need uniquely African solutions designed to meet their specific environmental and agricultural needs so they can sustainably boost production and gain access to rapidly growing agricultural markets. Its vision is to catalyze and sustain inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa by increasing incomes and improving food security for 30 million smallholder households in Africa and to support countries on a pathway to attain and sustain an agriculture transformation. AGRA adopts an integrated approach to agriculture and delivers its work through partnerships with governments, regional and continental bodies, farmers, community leaders, businesses, civil society organizations, and donors.

For more information contact: Francis Abebrese on fabebrese@acetforafrica.org

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