The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) sponsored a forum this week bringing together most of the major players in agriculture on the continent. The forum is an important meeting each year because everyone in attendance recommits themselves as individuals and the organizations they represent to supporting Africa’s most important industry. I expressed that whether in formal presentations by ministers, or in corner meetings by those on the front line, everyone left the meeting excited and optimistic about the opportunities for the future.
I also spoke about the need for greater fertilizer use on the continent if food security and self-sufficiency are to be achieved. “The higher yield achieved with fertilizer use is one of the first steps for a farmer to build a better life.”
I also discussed the need for greater mechanization to realize efficiency of scale and to relieve smallholder farmers of the tedious nature of some farming operations.
On the way to the AGRA Forum, I stopped by our country office in Cote d’Ivoire. With me was Patrick Murphy, Ex Officio member of our Board of Directors. Led by country representative Patrice Annequin, the staff there demonstrated the good work they are doing in the field and what steps we must take to ensure IFDC continues supporting farmers and agribusiness actors in Cote d’Ivoire.
I’m always inspired by the work our staff has done and will do. I have no doubt that our team at IFDC – along with our global partners – will continue making significant contributions to ending poverty for farmers and achieving food security for all.
From the Corner Office is a regularly updated blog from IFDC’s president and CEO, Dr. J. Scott Angle. Check back regularly for trip updates and other news from Dr. Angle.