Former Ethiopian Prime Minister and AGRA Chairman Dessalegn meets Nana Addo on agricultural transformation
Former Ethiopian Prime Minister and Chairman of the Board of AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa) HE Hailemariam Dessalegn urged other countries to look to Ghana for its development progress agriculture over the past ten years.
HE Dessalegn was speaking at the Presidential Palace in Accra, Ghana, where he met the President of the country HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for talks on Africa’s agricultural and food systems.
HE Dessalegn is in Ghana for a four-day tour to assess the impact of AGRA’s investments in the West African agricultural sector and to develop new opportunities for cooperation. AGRA supports the mobilization of political leadership and the participation of the private sector in the promotion of agriculture to reduce rural poverty, promote food security and increase household incomes.
“Ghana has successfully prioritized agriculture over the past decade as a means of supporting sustainable development,” said HE Dessalegn. “We have seen how significant progress can be made in certain crops and regions – now AGRA is supporting the government in its quest for agricultural transformation in the country.”
Ghana’s investment in agriculture is particularly noteworthy as Africa prepares for the United Nations Food Systems Summit in September, where leaders will consider what is needed to create resilient and sustainable food systems.
“AGRA supports Ghana in building resilience and environmental sustainability across its agricultural ecosystem. Its particular strength is to bring best practices and evidence-backed innovation to nationally determined priorities, ”said SE Dessalegn.
HE President Akufo-Addo reaffirmed that AGRA’s approach to transforming inclusive agriculture is
aligned with the Government of Ghana’s social and economic development agenda.
HE Dessalegn also took the opportunity to invite President HE Akufo-Addo to the AGRF Summit 2021
to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, September 7-10, 2021.
HE Dessalegn and his delegation will make field visits to Ghana over the next two days to testify
Contribution of AGRA to agricultural growth in the region.
Established in 2006, AGRA is an African-led, Africa-based institution that places smallholder farmers at the center of
the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a lonely struggle to
survive in agriculture as a successful business.
Together with our partners, we catalyze and support inclusive agricultural transformation to increase incomes and improve food security for 30 million farm households in 11 African countries by 2021.