African Green Revolution Conference Addresses Food Security and Increased Productivity
September 2008: The third African Green Revolution
Conference convened from 28-29 August 2008, in Oslo, Norway, organized by Yara
International ASA, a Norwegian fertilizer company, in partnership with the
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the African Development Bank
(ADB) Norad, Norfund and Rabobank.
The Conference gathered world leaders and
representatives from the private sector and development agencies to discuss the
challenges of transforming Africa's agricultural landscape from subsistence
farming to sustainable modern agriculture, in order to achieve food security
and wider African economic growth priorities. In his statement to the
conference, Lennart Båge, President of the UN International Fund for
Agricultural Development, underlined the crucial role played by African farmers
in producing food and combating climate change.
Noting that the African
continent “has the potential to deliver” a Green Revolution, he called for
investments into research that focuses on technologies and varieties that poor
rural farmers need to respond to challenges from pests, droughts and salinity.
Former UN Secretary General and AGRA Chairman Kofi Annan said “the
international community must work in partnership with all affected
stakeholders” to achieve sustainable agricultural development and “real
outcomes” for the people in Africa. [African Green
Revolution Conference] [UN
press release] [IFAD