NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The 6th African Green Revolution Forum
concluded in Nairobi on Friday, with delegates endorsing a
communique to hasten agricultural transformation in the
About 1,500 delegates from 40 countries,
including heads of state, industry executives, and heads of
donor agencies and researchers, attended the forum that sought
to inject fresh impetus into the quest for a green revolution in
The communique said governments, donors and the private
sector will invest up to 200 billion dollars in the next 16
months to transform subsistence farming in Africa.
Kenya’s agriculture minister Willy Bett said the summit
reactivated the momentum towards realizing a hunger-free Africa
in line with the continent’s 2063 agenda on socio-economic
"We have covered a new milestone in our journey towards a
continent free from hunger and malnutrition," Bett said.
Bett said that African governments will redouble efforts to
achieve the 10-percent budgetary allocation to the agricultural
sector as spelt out in several continental instruments.
He added that African countries will explore innovative
financing mechanisms to ensure small holders have access to
credit, inputs and markets.
Agnes Kalibata, president of the Nairobi-based Alliance for
Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), hailed the renewed political
commitment to transform farming systems in the African
"There is a renewed political attention on agriculture given
its potential to catalyze economic growth in this continent,"
Kalibata said, adding that robust public-private partnerships
were key to re-invent Africa’s food production systems.