Program

The African Green Revolution conference will convene the diverse group of people involved in developing sustainable agriculture for Africa, from farmers and activists, to heads of state and senior executives. This community will review the progress of recent initiatives, identify important innovations, and build new public-private partnerships that will extend sustainable agronomics to more Africans.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm Registration Opens
Ballroom Foyer
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Welcome Reception
Ballroom Foyer
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
7:30 am Registration Opens
Ballroom Foyer
9:00 am OPENING REMARKS
Scandinavia Ballroom
9:15 am SPOTLIGHT: NEPAD Report
Scandinavia Ballroom
A review of accomplishments from the NEPAD and CAADP framework. How are Africans focused on accomplishing the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)? What is possible in the next five years? Will Africa achieve MDG 1 by 2015?
9:25 am PANEL: Where We Are – Progress of Evolving Frameworks
Scandinavia Ballroom
The revolution is on its way. New initiatives are generating increased agricultural productivity as a basis for economic growth in the overall development of Africa. Who has the political and systemic solutions that support the goals set for African agricultural development?
10:40 am Break
11:00 am PRESENTATION: Agricultural Value Chain
There are challenges and opportunities in the agri-based value chain today. Where are value chains broken? Where can sustainability be reached when value chains are connected? Report on CAADP Pillar 2 framework and related initiatives that exemplify the repair of value chains.
11:10 am PANEL: Where We Are Going – Rethinking Resources
Historically, traditional development funding stood alone in supporting social initiatives. Today, the UN, World Bank, national aid agencies and traditional NGOs are revising old strategies and being joined by a new group of global players. Where will these new resources have the most impact? What initiatives need the most support? Who is guiding the new actors in the community?
12:10 pm LUNCH
Brasseriet
1:20 pm VIDEO: The Future of Water
Scandinavia Ballroom
Water is the most important resource in farming. A preview of an upcoming documentary on the future of water, followed by commentary from the filmmaker.
1:40 pm PANEL: Action Plan – Organizing Inputs for Maximum Productivity
Scandinavia Ballroom
Short-term solutions don’t always increase crop productivity. What is the most efficient way to identify needs and deliver seeds, fertilizer and other inputs to the market in a timely and efficient manner? How does long-term thinking drive immediate change? What infrastructure innovations will maximize output today and tomorrow?
2:40 pm PANEL: Emerging Marketplace – The New Business of Farming
Scandinavia Ballroom
In order for farming to be economically sustainable, there must be a marketplace for surplus from smallholder farmers. What opportunities exist to create local and regional exchanges that will serve the growing production? Where will infrastructure build capacity? What new small and medium size enterprises (SME) will emerge? How will farmers become accomplished business people?
3:40 pm Break
Ballroom Foyer
3:50 pm PRESENTATION: Investing in African Agriculture
Scandinavia Ballroom
It is difficult to underestimate the role of agriculture in the economic growth of Africa, as well as the role of finance in agriculture. What changes are on the horizon? How will regional and international investments change in the next five years?
4:00 pm PANEL: Sustainable Financial Innovations
Scandinavia Ballroom
Microfinance is the innovation with which most are familiar, but traditional financing terms have proven incompatible with agriculture. What other financial innovations can support the growth of sustainable entrepreneurship, supporting both the efforts of African farmers as well as traditional investment objectives?
5:00 pm CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS: The Best Solutions
A. PANEL: Information Transforming the Marketplace
Breakout Room 1
The IT revolution is underway in Africa. How does IT fundamentally shift access to the marketplace? What is the impact on pricing and on profits? How are cell phones revolutionizing commerce? Where are the leapfrog opportunities?
B. PANEL: Empowering Women
Breakout Room 2
The role of women in African farming is now widely appreciated by agronomists and other experts in the field. What will it take for women to gain the support they need from the banks, the government and the greater society to grow their critical contribution, and be recognized for the work they are already doing?
C. CASE STUDY: Chiquita’s Partnership Format
Breakout Room 3
D. REPORT: Update on CAADP Pillar IV Framework
Breakout Room 4
6:00 pm Break and Working Group Session Sign-Up
Ballroom Foyer
7:00 pm Transportation Departs for Botanical Gardens
Outside Hotel Main Lobby
7:30 pm DINNER
The Oslo Botanical Gardens
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
7:30 am Registration Opens
Ballroom Foyer
9:00 am PRESENTATION: Sustainable Wealth for Africans
Scandinavia Ballroom
This unique presentation investigates the integration of social capital, natural capital and financial capital, presenting a progressive vision of wealth for all Africans.
9:45 am PANEL: Leapfrog – The Biofuels Partnership Opportunity
Scandinavia Ballroom
Biofuels have an opportunity to transform agriculture and the value of crops, which creates tension and questions for many agricultural stakeholders. How can African farmers take advantage of this leapfrog opportunity to change the economy of agriculture and energy? What partnerships are needed at this early stage of biofuel development in order to address major concerns, share in responsibility and build a vibrant and sustainable biofuels sector in Africa?
10:45 am Break and Working Group Session Sign-Up
Ballroom Foyer
11:05 am CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS: The Best Solutions
A. PANEL: Supporting Smallholder Farmers
Breakout Room 1
Although large agribusiness gets significant attention from several sectors, smallholder farmers are the backbone of African agriculture. What does it take to support these farmers? What lessons have been learned and what models can be scaled or copied to increase success?
B. PANEL: Dynamics of the Global Fertilizer Market
Breakout Room 2
What strategies and partnerships will help African farmers overcome the obstacles of accessibility and affordability of fertilizer? Which partnerships are working? What are the most important lessons and models?
C. REPORT: Update on CAADP Pillar II Framework
Breakout Room 3
12:05 pm LUNCH
Brasseriet
1:00 pm PRESENTATION: Climate Change
Scandinavia Ballroom
Climate is a key driver for agriculture. No scientist today can say with certainty what impact climate change will have on local areas in 10, 30 or 50 years time. However, the latest scientific research is building a picture of possible scenarios for future climate. This graphical interpretation of the science of climate change provides a unique view of what we can begin to anticipate.
1:15 pm PANEL: Adapting to Climate Change
Scandinavia Ballroom
With the latest climate information at hand, farmers must be the first ready to adapt. What strategies and tactics can African farmers and grassroots organizations implement in order to adapt to climate change? Where are the opportunities to bypass the mistakes other countries and continents are now working to rectify?
2:15 pm CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS: The Best Solutions
A. PANEL: Technical Analysis of Seeds
Breakout Room 1
How well are partnerships that distribute seeds accomplishing their goals? What can we learn from early efforts that can inform new and existing PPPs with similar goals?
B. WORKSHOP: Location Intelligence and Next Generation Mapping
Breakout Room 2
Building on some of the concepts in the climate change discussion, we provide a deeper discussion for those interested in learning how to use climate change data in a more useful and practical way. How does IT increase access, sharing and transparency while influencing understanding and knowledge?
C. REPORT: UN Millennium Villages Project
Breakout Room 3
What are the specific lessons from the UN Millennium Villages Project that can inform many different initiatives? What best practices have been identified?
D. REPORT: Homegrown School Feeding Program
Breakout Room 4
3:15 pm Break
Ballroom Foyer
Participants review the working group session assignments posted by registration.
3:35 pm INTERVIEW: Norman Borlaug
Scandinavia Ballroom
The long view on what’s happening in sustainable agriculture – what’s possible in the future, what unexpected consequences have arisen, and how will climate change influence every decision we make?
4:05 pm PANEL: Stable Policy Securing Private Partnership
Scandinavia Ballroom
Political instability undermines myriad efforts to improve agriculture. Innovative government leaders highlight how their policies have provided a more stable and friendly environment for public as well as private sectors to grow and for PPPs to flourish. What initiatives will increase understanding and trust in order to reduce the risk of financial and corporate commitments? What policies encourage foreign direct investment?
5:05 pm TOWN HALL
Scandinavia Ballroom
In summary, tie together the threads of the conference and provide a forum for the connection of important issues raised during the previous two days.
5:35 pm CLOSING REMARKS
Scandinavia Ballroom
7:30 pm RECEPTION
Ballroom Foyer
8:00 pm DINNER and ENTERTAINMENT
Scandinavia Ballroom
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
10:00 am Movers and Shakers: The Way Forward
Holberg Restaurant
A proactive discussion with leaders and influencers who have achieved concrete results and inspired others.
10:10 am Working Groups Overview
Holberg Restaurant
Progress in Africa relies on knowledgeable, passionate people forging partnerships to empower ideas and demand action. These working group sessions allow participants to build new partnerships in pursuit of specific initiatives.
10:20 am Working Groups Convene
12:00 pm Working Lunch
Lunch will be delivered to working groups so that they may continue their conversations.
3:00 pm Working Groups Report Due
Team leader summarizes their group’s progress in a clear description of the actions needed to move a particular initiative forward. Leaders to leave reports at the registration desk at the conclusion of their meetings. These will be summarized and published in post-event documentation that will be disseminated to the community.
6:45 pm Depart for the Yara Prize Reception, Awards Ceremony and Concert
Hotel Lobby
Walking guides will be available in the hotel lobby to escort participants to the Norwegian Theatre. Transportation will also be provided.
7:00 pm Yara Prize Reception, Awards and Concert
The Norwegian Theatre
10:15 pm Transportation Departs for the Hotel