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2012 US-Africa Forum: Farming Is A Business: Strengthening Linkages and Skills to Transform Africa’s Food Systems

Date: 
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 08:00 - Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 17:30
Location:
Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
 
 
The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, the Joaquim Chissano Foundation, and the John A. Kufuor Foundation Present:
 
The 2012 US-Africa Forum:

Farming Is A Business: Strengthening Linkages and Skills to Transform Africa’s Food Systems

 
The 2012 Forum reviewed the significant evolution of Africa’s agricultural development and food systems over the past decade, assessed the transformations currently underway, and envisioned the changes that are likely to occur in the next decade and beyond.
 
This was the fourth annual US-Africa Forum hosted by the Partnership, but the first time the Forum was co-hosted with African partner institutions. Former Presidents Joaquim Chissano and John Kufuor have been instrumental in elevating food security and agriculture to the top of the development agenda in Mozambique and Ghana, and their leadership extends across the continent and around the globe.
 
Inspired by their vision, the Forum charted ways to reduce poverty and hunger by re-positioning agriculture as a business, with specific needs for investment, technology, market linkages and skills to create more jobs, higher incomes and better nutrition for Africa’s growing rural and urban populations.
 
 
The Forum featured a mix of keynote speakers, plenary presentations, and guided breakout group discussions that drove toward the identification of a practical set of recommendations and actions. Please see below for the Forum agenda.
 
 
 

 

Agenda:

 
DAY 1 - Monday, June 11, 2012
 
8:00 - Registration and Breakfast
 
9:00 - Hosts' Welcome: Reflections and Future Perspectives on African Agriculture

   Chair: Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; Board Chair, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa

  • H.E. Joaquim Chissano, former President, Republic of Mozambique
  • H.E. John Kufuor, former President, Republic of Ghana
 
10:00 - Plenary Keynote Presentations: What Are the Next Game-Changers in Transforming African Food Systems?

   Discussant: Demba Ba, Director, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, Islamic Development Bank

  • Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
  • Derek Byerlee, Independent Researcher & former World Bank Rural Strategy Advisor (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
  • Mandivamba Rukuni, Former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zimbabwe, Harare (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
 
11:30 - Breakout Session #1: Where Are We Now and What Have We Learned?
  • Group A: Modernizing Smallholder Farming
  • Group B: Meeting the Food and Nutrition Demands of an Urbanizing Africa
  • Group C: Mainstreaming Finance for Food Systems Development in Africa
  • Group D: Developing Jobs and Skills for Tomorrow’s Farms and Agribusinesses
 
12:30 - Luncheon Panel: Transforming Smallholder Farming: Country-Level Perspectives

   Discussant: Jay Knott, Executive Vice President ofGlobal Business, Abt Associates

  • Antonio Raul Limbau, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Mozambique
  • Augustin Thiam, Yamoussoukro District Governor, Cote d'Ivoire (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
  • Stephanie Hanson, Director of Policy and Outreach, One Acre Fund
 
2:00 - Breakout Session #2: Game-Changers in the Next Decade and Beyond
 
4:15 - Plenary Panel: Supporting the New Realities in African Agricultural Development

   Discussant: Lou Anna Simon, President, Michigan State University

  • Allert Van Den Ham, CEO, SNV
  • Nancy Roman, Director of Private Partnerships, Communications, and Public Policy, UN World Food Program
 
DAY 2 - Tuesday, June 12, 2012
 
8:00 - Registration and Breakfast
 
8:30 - Recap and Preview of the Day
 
   Michele McNabb, President, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
 
9:00 - Breakout Session #3: Building Consensus on Required Actions
 
10:30 - Special Session:

Live Webcast from the Department of State: The 2012 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement

Partner Exhibitions

 
11:15 -Plenary Panel: The Challenge and Opportunity of Private Sector Investment in African Food Systems

   Discussant: Njack Kane, CEO, Novel Commodities; Board Member, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa

  • Leticia Osafo-Addo, CEO, Samba Foods, Ghana (DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION)
  • Nuradin Osman, Managing Director, Africa and the Middle East, AGCO
 
12:30 - Luncheon Panel: Innovations in Public Sector Partnerships

   Discussant: Mima Nedelcovych, Partner, Schaffer Global Group; Board Member, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa

  • Jolyne Sanjak, Managing Director, Technical Services Division, Department of Compact Operations, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Tjada McKenna, Deputy Coordinator for Development, Feed the Future, USAID
  • Bruce Cameron, Director, Project Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Baba Dioum, Head, Pillar II, Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program
 
2:00 - Breakout Sessions Synthesis: Charting the Next Ten Years

   Discussant: Marco Ferroni, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Steve Haggblade, Professor, International Development, Michigan State University
  • Steve Giddings, Independent International Development Consultant
  • Flynn Bucy, Director, Field Operations, Innovare
  • Sam Asuming-Brempong, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana-Legon
 
3:30 - Conversation with Congressional Staff

   Discussant: Asma Lateef, Director, Bread for the World Institute

  • Greg Simpkins, Professional Staffer, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights
  • Angelle Kwemo, Legislative Counsel, Office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush
 

4:30 – Hosts' Closing: Reaction to Forum Proceedings
   Chair: Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; Board Chair, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa

  • H.E. Joaquim Chissano, former President, Republic of Mozambique
  • H.E. John Kufuor, former President, Republic of Ghana
  • Moussa Dosso, Minister of State, Ministry of Industry, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire
 
 

 

Forum Resources

 
 
Multimedia
 
Speaker Powerpoints:
 
Breakout Session Materials:

Forum Guest Blogs:

Additional Materials:

Additional resources will be posted in the coming weeks.
 

 

The 2012 US-Africa Forum was made possible through generous support from:

 

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Silver Sponsors:

 

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