Co-convened by the OCP Group African Development Bank, World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the consultative forum is organised to provide a platform for dialogue between the African tertiary education sector (TVET, HEST, R&D) and the global and African development partners to chart a way forward for transforming African agricultural higher agricultural education, science, technology and innovation (AHESTI). It is proposed to engage global and African partners with passion for Africa’s transformation through skilled human capital, science, technology and innovation with inclusive agricultural growth. Inclusive agricultural growth relates to mitigating the effects of commercialization if agriculture and related large corporate takeovers of farming and value chains and the food system as a whole, from production to retail, by ensuring smallholder farmers and poor rural residents are included in the benefit streams. As such, inclusion requires that agricultural growth helps existing farmers, traders, and others in the value chain to mitigate risk, to become more profitable and to scale up what they are doing. Thus, inclusion cannot be only at the level of primary production rather it includes family farmers being able to access markets, by aggregating their outputs, and selling into value chains that are able to efficiently get produce to the growing numbers of urban consumers. Inclusive growth provides for reducing inequalities in ownership and income, and offers the opportunity for incomes from agriculture to be reinvested to stimulate further growth in farming, in the rural non-farm economy and, through rural-urban linkages, into the urban food economy, to feed Africa’s growing and urbanizing population.
Partners Consultative Forum