Location – Kigali, Rwanda
Date – 8-11 September 2020
Attendees – 2000+
Client – Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
SAVE THE DATE | 8-11 September, 2020 | Kigali Conference Center (KCC)
Theme: Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent – Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa
With only ten years left to achieve our goals laid out in the SDGs by 2030, it is clear Africa’s food markets are not working for all people and need to be improved. Between continued food insecurity, food loss and waste, malnutrition, environmental degradations, significant food imports, unemployment, and other challenges, African food markets are widely considered broken. These issues are only getting worse with increasing populations in many parts of the continent, changing diets, and the challenges of climate change.
Fortunately, the challenge of feeding Africa’s cities is also an opportunity to address many of the continent’s problems. These urban areas offer major and diverse markets, with more than 421 million people today, which are projected to surpass 1 billion people in the next 20 years. By finding a way for African producers and SMEs to feed the continent’s cities and diverse urban markets, African countries will be able to meet not only urban food security, but also provide a market for agriculture throughout the country and drive inclusive rural development, job creation, and mutual prosperity.
At the start of the Decade of Action, we must also constantly reinforce the fact that food is at the center of the future of earth. The way in which we produce, process, and consume food drives our climate, our livelihoods, our nutrition, our environment, and our society. We must therefore seize this opportunity of feeding Africa’s cities to achieve our aspirations. When Africa feeds its cities, it can feed the world and grow the continent.