The 10th edition of the annual African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) was held in Kigali Rwanda between the 8th and 13th of September, 2020. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, most leaders attended the forum virtually.
The forum saw heads of state, business leaders, government ministers and civil society leaders resolve to use the flourishing urban food markets as a way for growing Africa’s agricultural practices into successful and sustainable businesses.
Most of the leaders in attendance echoed the need to incorporate new technology and modern or advanced farming techniques to produce higher yields as well as stabilize the sector.
The AGRF, the world’s premier forum for advancing Africa’s agricultural agenda, attracted a large and diverse crowd of more than ten thousand delegates from all over the world.
While attending the virtual Summit, the Executive Director of (AATF) African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Dr Denis Kyetere, in a statement, told newsrooms that:
“Transforming African agriculture into a centre of economic growth that will have benefits that will be felt far beyond the farm sector lies in investing in and making accessible new farming technologies for Africa, from better seeds to machinery to digital tool.”
He pointed out that digital solutions should be used to enhance crop management, seed inspection, and seed certification processes.
In terms of the adoption of digital solutions in agricultural value chains and the growth potential, Dr Kyetere noted that digital agriculture innovations could help to increase yields by approximately 70 per cent and incomes by close to 50 per cent.
The session panellists called for increased digital awareness and adaption in rural areas through mobile technology to play a significant role in shifting food systems toward longer-lasting and more suitable practices.
He said that it was time for digital solutions to speed up agriculture development in Africa. Embracing new digital technologies will transform Africa’s agricultural sector significantly and should be embraced by all African governments.