AGRA to Spotlight Sustainable Business Models, Partnerships, and Investments Driving Transformation in Africa at the 54th World Economic Forum

Dr. Agnes Kalibata - AGRA President, addressing the congregation at the FOLU Partners convention.

The 54th Annual Meeting of The World Economic Forum will take place at Davos-Klosters from 15th to 19th January 2024. The week-long event themed ‘Rebuilding Trust’ provides a crucial space to focus on the fundamental principles driving trust, including transparency, consistency, and accountability.

The forum has incorporated an SDG tent set up to serve as a meeting point for organisations to accelerate impactful change and contribute to delivering on the UN’s sustainable goals. Here, data, knowledge and best practices related to the SDGs will be showcased, empowering participants to understand their role in bringing about positive change during the UN’s Decade of Change.

AGRA will host a special event at the SDG tent on Tuesday  16th January 2024, 12:30 – 14:00, focused on highlighting the movers and shakers of transformation and how sustainable business models are delivering on Africa’s climate agenda.

The AGRA-led session will reflect on the business models, partnerships and investments that are delivering on the nexus of Africa’s food systems, climate action and job creation.

Esteemed participants will include H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General, African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat, Rt Hon. Tony Blair, Executive Chairman, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, and Hon. Francis Gatare, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board.

Global industry leaders, such as Yara International, Bayer Foundation GAIN, and SNV will also contribute to the conversation.

Speaking ahead of the event, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA, emphasized the urgency of working with public and private sector actors to scale up innovative business models and partnerships that can solve the climate and food insecurity problem that we are currently facing. “Our strategic plan sets out to catalyse the growth of sustainable food systems in Africa by influencing and leveraging partners to build a robust enabling environment where the private sector thrives, and smallholders are empowered to produce sufficient and healthy food whilst building resilience and managing the effects of climate change, said Dr. Kalibata, adding, “We are also keen to tackle the systemic constraints in access to finance and market and trade institutions in order to build strong agri-food markets and trade at the domestic, regional and continental level.”

The SDG tent session will also be instrumental in identifying key priorities and actions ahead of the Africa Food Systems Summit (AGRF) taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, in September 2024.

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