IDRC at the African Green Revolution Forum 2017

a man and a woman on a farm
Event date:
September 04, 2017 to September 08, 2017
Ivory Coast

How are agricultural innovations key to more inclusive economies and greater prosperity for Africa? Can advanced research programs provide solutions to critical issues of malnutrition, food insecurity, and endemic poverty? IDRC staff are discussing these and other critical issues at the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF).

AGRF brings heads of state, agribusiness and financial institutions, NGOs and civil society organizations, donors, and researchers together to develop actionable plans to transform African agriculture and reduce food insecurity across the continent. The Forum has emerged as Africa’s premier platform to discuss and develop concrete plans for achieving a green revolution in Africa.

More than 750 delegates and dignitaries are expected to attend AGRF 2017, “Accelerating Africa’s path to prosperity: Growing inclusive economies and jobs through agriculture”.

Up for discussion are issues of:

  • agricultural infrastructure and technology innovation;
  • capacity development to support youth and women in agriculture; and
  • strengthening input access, regional trade, and value chains.

IDRC will share the Centre’s extensive experience in food security solutions. In a series of panels and talks, the Centre will engage in dialogue with African leaders and policymakers about the importance of research and innovation as part of a broader agricultural transformation in Africa.

IDRC will host a one-day side event, jointly convened with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development and the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development. The event will develop plans on how research can support the agricultural

transformation of francophone countries in West and Central Africa. IDRC will also be discussing the relationship between food security, development research funding, and gender in two other events:

  • AGRF Women in Agriculture Thematic Working Group (IDRC and FAO)
  • Women in Agriculture dinner: Next-generation gender strategies for agricultural transformation in Africa

IDRC at AGRF 2017

Monday, September 4, 9:00-17:30

IDRC side event (open)

PRE-EVENT: Dialogue on research to support agricultural transformation in Francophone countries of West and Central Africa

Tuesday, September 5, 9:00-11:00

PRE-EVENT: Improving the prosperity of women in agribusiness (Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund)

Tuesday, September 5, 11:30-13:30

PRE-EVENT: AGRF Women in Agriculture thematic working group (IDRC and FAO)

Women’s Institution Fair (selected institutions)

Tuesday, September 5, 18:30-21:00

Women in Agriculture dinner: Next generation gender strategies for agricultural transformation in Africa

Wednesday, September 6, 15:00-18:00

SYMPOSIA: Creating jobs and promoting entrepreneurship towards food security in the 21st century

Find out more about what’s happening at AGRF 2017.