NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The 6th African Green Revolution Forum
concluded in Nairobi on Friday, with delegates endorsing a
communique to hasten agricultural transformation in the
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 Africa.
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.
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 renewal.
“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
president of the Nairobi-based Alliance for Green Revolution in
Africa (AGRA), hailed the renewed political commitment to
transform farming systems in the African continent.
“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.