CGIAR @ the Africa Food Systems Summit 2023 (AGRF)
Focusing on co-generating evidence-based solutions that inform key actors’ decisions towards sustainable agricultural transformation are among GGIAR’s main goals. These aims are in line with those of the African Food Systems Forum (AGRF), which strives to achieve policy advancements and energize political will.
Africa Food Systems Forum (AGRF) 2023 Summit
The Africa Food Systems Forum, formerly known as the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), is a key player in the advancement of the African sustainable food and agricultural agenda. It hosts annual summits that convene various stakeholder groups in the food systems landscapes, including senior government and political officials, policymakers, scientists, private institutions, farmers, and the youth.
The 2023 Summit, “Recover, Regenerate, Act: Africa’s Solutions to Food Systems Transformation,” aims at facilitating discussions and agreements on practical actions and solutions that drive Africa’s food security efforts and better livelihoods for all. More than 350 speakers and 3,000 attendees from over 70 countries will participate.
Recover, Regenerate, Act centres on recovering food systems after multiple shocks and with youth and women at the forefront; regenerating them by restoring natural capital through adaptation, innovation, and technological advancements for a changing climate; and acting through better policy implementation and investments.
By energising political will and advancing policy and investment efforts towards an inclusive and sustainable agricultural transformation, the Summit strives to fulfil the goals outlined in the AU Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth, Africa’s Agenda 2063, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
CGIAR’s Involvement in the Africa Food Systems Forum (AGRF)
CGIAR has a long history of engagement with AGRF. In addition to being a member of the AGRF Partner Group it is also involved in several thematic platforms, including as co-chair of the Food Systems and Nutrition Platform and as a member of the Women in Agriculture Platform.
As a Partner of AGRF, CGIAR has been adding value to the forum by informing the content and design of the AGRF Summit agenda, indirectly influencing other high-level forums in Africa. It shares evidence and solutions through high-level, technical speakers at field visits, side events and plenary sessions, facilitating dialogue and capacity-sharing towards co-generated priorities and commitments at the annual AGRF Summits.