With 60 percent of the world’s arable land, Africa has the potential to not only feed itself, but to become a major food exporter. In order to unlock this potential, African agriculture needs to harness the power of technology and innovation to leapfrog traditional development challenges and leverage sustainable and inclusive agriculture as a driver for economic prosperity and global trade.
GFIA Africa will explore innovative agricultural solutions coming from the continent and beyond that are enabling farmers, large and small, to create agribusinesses and contribute to wider economic prosperity. The GFIA Africa conference will bring together public decision-makers, private sector champions and civil society leaders to discuss what has been achieved through innovative technologies and approaches and how to scale up innovations including the need for responsible investing, establishing appropriate policy environments, creating regional markets and value chains as well as developing rural infrastructure.
The CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) will be organising a one-day workshop as a side event of this conference, in close collaboration with ECDPM and NEPAD.