Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - It was a busy week for Arusha, Tanzania, which hosted the fifth African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from September 26 to 27, 2012.
The forum, chaired by Kofi Anan, former secretary general of the UN and chair of the Alliance for African Green Revolution (AGRA), took place at Mountain Ngurdoto Lodge in Arusha, 800km from the capital, Dodoma, brought together small holder farmers, businesses like Yara International and Wal-Mart, donors and governments, to find out ways for developing an African led food security solutions. The six sessions of the forum were graced by speeches of various high ranking officials and Malinda Gates, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Bill & Malinda Gates Foundation.
The closing event, the award ceremony and gala, attended by Tanzanian president Kikwete and Annan, would honour the two African women, Elleni Gebremedhin (PhD), the founder and out going CEO of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), and Agnes Matilda Kalibata (PhD), minister of Agriculture & Animal Resources of Rwanda, who won the Yara Prize of 2012. Read more