~By Eric Kyalo~
Kenya is set to host African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in September, which will help in advancing policies and securing investments for a better life for millions of farmers and families in Africa.
Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Willy Bett, expressed his pride in hosting this forum. The CS emphasized that the contribution of agriculture in the economic growth of the continent and in transforming the continent from a perpetual net agricultural products importer to a global player with a significant command in the global market cannot be ignored.
“In Kenya, agriculture directly contributes about 30 per cent of the GDP and another 25 percent indirectly and is a source of 75 percent of industrial raw materials,” said the CS.
The forum will create a platform where participants will share lessons learnt in reducing post-harvest loses, which amount to about 40 percent of agricultural produce in Africa. Agricultural sector has a huge potential for private sector and has ensured that investment delivers benefit for farmers and small to medium sized agribusinesses.
The one week event themed ‘Seize the moment: Africa Rising through agricultural transformation’ is designed to showcase transformation in action and to promote efforts to drive and achieve scale and foster accelerated impact. The five-day forum will commence on September 5 and will be attended by heads of state and government and other stakeholders in the sector.