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VIRTUAL EVENT: High-level dialogue: Feeding Africa: leadership to scale up successful innovations

29-30 April 2021. High-level dialogue: Feeding Africa: leadership to scale up successful The African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the CGIAR System Organization.

This high-level dialogue will identify ways to expand activities, financing and partnerships to further leverage technology and innovation for transformation of agriculture in Africa.

The meeting will draw on case studies and success stories to demonstrate the potential for expansion.


Opening session

Head of State Dialogue

  • H.E. Alpha Condé President Guinea 
  • H.E. Bah N’DAW President Mali 
  • H.E. Edgar Lungu President Zambia 
  • H.E. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa President Republic of Zimbabwe 
  • H.E. Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo President Democratic Republic of the Congo 
  • H.E. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço President Republic of Angola 
  • King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho 
  • H.E. Macky Sall President Senegal 
  • H.E. Mohamed Bazoum President Niger 
  • H.E. Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi President Botswana 
  • H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo President Ghana 
  • H.E. Paul Kagame President Republic of Rwanda 
  • H.E. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré President Burkina Faso 
  • H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde President Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia 
  • Prof. Yemi Osinbajo San Vice President Federal Republic Of Nigeria 


Panel 1 Successful Policy Interventions for Scaling Technologies Ministerial

Panel 2 Successful Policy Interventions for Scaling Technologies

  • Ayodeji Balogun - CEO AFEX
  • Peter Malnak - Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development USAID
  • Mr. Amadou Hott, Minister of Economy, Planning and international cooperation, Senegal 
  • Victoria Prentis MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs UK

Panel 3 Strengthening Partnership for Scaling up Innovation and Technology

  • Jean Lebel - President International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Bertrand Walckenaer - Deputy CEO Agence Française de Développement AFD
  • Meike van Ginneken - Associate Vice-President, Strategy and Knowledge Department, IFAD
  • Nick Austin - Director, Agricultural Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation BMGF
  • Roy Steiner - Senior Vice President, Food, Rockfeller Foundation
  • Carla Montesi - Director INTPA.F European Commission EC

Panel 4 Climate-Smart Wheat Precision Agriculture: Data, Demography and Drones

Part 1
  • Prof Abdelmoneim Taha Ahmed DG ARC Sudan
  • Zubeir Ibrahim Mohamed, Managing director Nile Sun Seed Sudan.
    Since 2002, Mr. Mohamed has been the Director General of Nile Sun Entreprises, based in Khartoum, Sudan. Nile Sun Enterprises is a recognized player in Sudan in the field of quality foundation and certified seed production for some field crops and horticultural crops. Nile Sun is also involved in breeding and testing programs for sorghum, corn and sunflower with the Agricultural Research Corporation of Sudan.

Part 2


Panel 5 Climate-Smart Maize and Soybean Precision Agriculture: Data, Demography and Drones

Part 1
Part 2


Panel 6 Innovative Partnership and Financing Approaches: Delivering More Support to Agriculture Research and Innovation Systems 

Part 1: Partnerships for Enhancing the Impact of Agricultural Research and Development Organizations

Part 2: Innovative Models for Financing Agricultural Research and Development in Africa 
  • Carin Smaller - Director Agriculture, Trade & Investment International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Ruben G. Echeverria - Director General Emeritus of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture Development
  • Shadrack Ralekeno Moephuli - Chief Executive Officer Agricultural Research Council South Africa
  • Johan Swinnen - Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute

Panel 7 Unlocking Private Sector Investment in Transforming Agriculture through Research and Development

Part 1:
  • Michael Katambo - Minister of Agriculture, Zambia
  • Subbarao KV - President Africa Middle East, Corteva Agriscience
  • David Lawrence-Brown, CellSoft Technologies, Kenya
Part 2


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30 April 2021

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