28.08.2014: A Green Revolution for Africa? - How to boost the productivity of African agriculture? Berlin
Initiative Südliches Afrika (INISA) e.V. and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung cordially invite you to:
Expert Roundtable and Public Discussion:
A Green Revolution for Africa? - How to boost the productivity of African agriculture?
28. August 2014 Hotel Maritim, Stauffenbergstrasse, Berlin Salon Riga 14.00 – 18:00 Uhr
Agriculture continues to be Africa’s most important economic sector and provider of employment. Decades of neglect, lack of investment, and insufficient knowledge transfer led large parts of African agriculture to suffer today from low levels of productivity. Increasing amounts of Foreign Direct Investments in land and agriculture currently threaten to further marginalize African small-holder farmers. The question of how to increase productivity of agriculture in Africa, including all groups of small-holder, emerging and commercial farmers, takes center stage for the sustainable development of the continent.
The discussion will be in English.
Please note that registration is necessary. See invitation for further details.
We are looking forward to receiving your registration by 27 August 2014. Please, confirm your participation on the following Website.
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What kinds of investment are needed? How should knowledge transfer and capacity building be organized? What can be learned from the Green Revolution in Asia? Does Africa need its own Green Revolution? German Development Cooperation intends, according to the new Africa Policy, to contribute to the strengthening of agricultural value chains in Africa. Which role can the 10 „Green Centres“, to be financed by the BMZ and implemented in cooperation with German Agro Business, play in this regard? How can the planned 10 vocational training centres for rural development contribute towards this end and how will the cooperation with the German private sector look like? INISA and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung bring together experts and the interested public in order to enhance the debate on key preconditions and challenges for sustainable development of the agro-sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.
14:00 h Welcome Remarks
Andrea E. Ostheimer, Head of Department Sub-Saharan Africa, KAS
René Gradwohl, INISA
14:15 h An African Green Revolution: Finding Ways to Boost Productivity on Small Farms
Prof. Keijiro Otsuka, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo
14:30 h The right framework for African Agricultural Productivity
Dr. Aggrey Agumya, Technical Advisor to the Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
14:45 h Enhancing resilience and strengthening the agricultural value chain – German initiatives in the fight against hunger Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Head of Division, Special Initiative “For a world without hunger”, German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
15:00 h Panel Discussion: How to boost the productivity of African agriculture?
Chair: Prof. Awudu Abdulai , Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel
• Prof. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, Bonn University
• Michael Brander, Senior Policy Expert, Biovision Foundation
• Dr. Susanne Neubert, SLE, Humboldt University, Berlin
• Prof. Keijiro Otsuka, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo
• Dr. Aggrey Agumya, Technical Advisor to the Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
• Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Head of Division, Special Initiative “For a world without hunger”, German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
16:00 h Open discussion
17:00 h Closing Remarks
17:30 h Informal exchange with drinks and snacks
Initiative Südliches Afrika (INISA) e.V.