The Africa Food Systems Forum (AFS Forum) 2023 marked a historic achievement in the quest for sustainable, inclusive, and resilient food systems in Africa. Operating under the dynamic and reinvigorated AFS Forum brand, the summit made significant strides in highlighting the continent’s dedication and commitment at political, policy, and financial levels, while showcasing innovative strategies to bolster Africa’s food systems.
Under the distinguished leadership of His Excellency Hailemariam Dessalegn, Chair of AGRA Board, the AFS Forum emerged as a pivotal platform. It brought together some of the world’s and Africa’s leading thinkers, policymakers, and innovators. Chair Dessalegn, stressed the Forum’s importance as a catalyst for coordinated, impactful actions. The discussions at the summit focused on the latest breakthroughs and best practices in the agriculture and food sector, with a keen emphasis on thought leadership to drive swift, actionable strategies in response to pressing challenges like climate change.
A special commendation was extended to the United Republic of Tanzania, under the esteemed leadership of His Excellency Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan, for hosting the Africa Food Systems Forum 2023. Tanzania’s innovative initiatives, particularly the “Build Better Tomorrow Investment Program,” were hailed as groundbreaking efforts set to leave a significant and lasting impact in the region.
Expressing his gratitude, Chair Dessalegn acknowledged the invaluable contributions of all partners whose collaboration was pivotal in the successful realization of AFS Forum 2023. He highlighted the crucial role of strong government ownership, support, and partnership in the Forum’s success, underlining that these elements were instrumental in achieving this year’s remarkable outcomes.
“The evolution of the AFS Forum into a leading global platform dedicated to African agriculture and food systems is a powerful demonstration of our collective potential. When we unite in our efforts, we pave the way for enhanced food and nutrition security, and open up new opportunities for our youth and women,” Chair Dessalegn reflected. He further noted that the insights and commitments shared during the Africa Food Systems Forum 2023 are set to significantly influence the development of sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food systems across Africa.