This current phase of the African Green Revolution Forum stretches back three years to the first AGRF to take place on African soil in Accra, Ghana. The Accra Forum was followed by the Arusha Forum in 2012. The most recent 2013 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) held in Maputo, Mozambique, ended with a commitment to transform the AGRF from a series of one-off conferences to an open policy dialogue and accountability forum dedicated to creating and sustaining transformative partnerships. Key to this is expanding the AGRF family, tracking commitments made during AGRFs and increasing the virtual and physical spaces for interaction, partnership and collaborative learning and action
The AGRF Partners Group namely, The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions, African Union, African Development Bank, AGRA, Rockefeller Foundation, Syngenta International, Yara International, IFAD and the Food and Agricultural Organisation, have mandated the AGRF Secretariat to design this programme to address these challenges and gaps.
The programme has three distinct pillars; the African Green Revolution Forum, Knowledge and Learning, Dialogues and Partnerships as follows;
The African Green Revolution Forum: The major and mini AGRF will take place in September 2014 and September 2015 respectively. Both forums will be re-designed around strategic themes of topical interest and relevant to the CAADP framework, guided by advance key papers and case-studies and a workshop methodology that allows for group think as well as breakaway practical and/or deal-making sessions. A programme advisory group will be established to support the design of the forums. Logistical planning will be streamlined to a smaller number of efficient and economical service-providers and take place more in advance of the forums. Participants demands to have more participation from Lusophone and Francophone Africa, information about who is speaking, attending as a participants will be honored and supported. A more transparent system of awarding travel and accommodation grants to participants will be developed and agreed by the Partners Technical Group
The 2014 Forum will loosely designed around the 2014 AU Declaration of a Year of Rededication to Food Security. What are the drivers of opportunity and risk for food security and transformation? What models do we have of policies, projects and business ventures that have high possibility of quick returns? We could possibly focus on 4-6 sub-themes; smart policies, strategies and models for:
Knowledge and Learning: The greatest resource of the AGRF is its outreach among a large number of actors in agriculture. It is typical to find a Government Minister, researcher, farmer representative, journalist and business entrepreneur in the sessions or a corridor outside the AGRF. The secretariat is organizing and collating bio-date on all the participants that have attended the forums. The secretariat will host 3 webinars over 2014 to kick start dialogue on the themes to be explored in the 2014 AGRF. Seed funding will be availed for following up actions that came out of the AGRF and to document case-studies that can be shared with the wider AGRF community. The decisions and commitments that come out of the forum will be tracked using a Decision Tracking Assessment Tool to encourage collaborative implementation and realization by participants. These actions and results shall be shared among the AGRF constituency for wider learning and collaboration.
Dialogues and Partnerships: In between the AGRFs, the secretariat, Partners Technical Group and appropriate participants will be supported to hold national consultations, attend and speak at high-level policy and learning events.