Yara is co-founder and sponsor of the multi-stakeholder dialogue platform, the African Green Revolution Forum – first held in 2010 and then in 2012 – succeeding the Oslo series of the African Green Revolution Conference (AGRC), 2006–2008.
Africa’s own strategies and policies – both continental and national – call for interventions and investments requiring multi-stakeholder dialogues and public-private partnerships to realize the potential of African agriculture. Delivering actions in response to these strategies require forums where stakeholders can interact, exchange ideas and establish cooperation.
The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) was established in 2010, following the Oslo series of three African Green Revolution Conferences (AGRC) from 2006–2008. A 2009 seminar followed up on key issues such as climate change and financing mechanisms – while preparing for the launch of the AGRF in Accra, 2010.
Moving the venue to Africa anchored the African ownership of this global event, which is a significant gathering of local, regional and global stakeholders that fosters constructive engagement and promotes public-private partnerships in support of the African Green Revolution.
The AGRF is a private sector led initiative to discuss and develop concrete investment plans and policy support for agricultural development in Africa.
Yara initiated the AGRC, greatly increasing attention to the great majority of the continent’s farmers – the smallholders – and encouraging a transformation of African agriculture from subsistence farming to profitable entrepreneurship. The Oslo Declaration and Agenda for Action on the AGR, adopted at the 2007 conference, specifically calls for improved productivity and profitability, for PPPs, and increased investments in Africa’s agriculture along the entire value chain. Yara, in close cooperation especially with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), spearheaded the establishment of the AGRF and played an active part, not least by co-hosting the 2010 and 2012 events.