Under the auspices of Mozambique Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina, the third African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) opened on 4 September in Maputo, Mozambique.
The Forum is attended by about 200 high level government officials, non-governmental and other public and private sector organizations investing in Africa's agricultural future.
Yara is one of the convening partners of the AGRF, and the company is committed to continue driving the efforts of realizing an African Green Revolution forward.
“Last year's Forum in Arusha demonstrated an important development - the formation of an AGRF Partnership Group, which has continued to grow. I am confident that the AGRF can provide a critical and broad African platform to address transformation of food security and poverty reduction,” said CEO and President of Yara, Jørgen Haslestad at the opening ceremony.
The overall theme for AGRF 2013 is 'scaling up and financing inclusive agribusiness through transformative public-private partnerships'. Through reviewing the CAADP policy framework, inclusive business models and innovative financing models, the Forum aims to spur action and identify opportunities.
At the grand opening, PM Vaquina was joined at the opening ceremony by Mozambique Minister of Industry and Trade Armando Inroga; H.E. Tumusiimi Rhoda-Peace, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture; Econet Wireless Group Chairman Strive Masiyiwa; and Yara CEO Haslestad representing the private sector on stage.
“I sincerely hope that at this year's AGRF we will be able to develop concrete results that will provide the basis for the continued development and strengthening of the AGRF itself. And that these will prove helpful in supporting the wider CAADP agenda, and emerging, related platforms such as Grow Africa,” the CEO said.