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"An Innovative Attempt toward Food Security and Agricultural Development in Africa"

June 3, 2013, Yokohama, Japan


1. Background

The Coalition for African Rice Initiative (CARD) is an initiative launched at the TICAD IV, with the stated objective of doubling the rice production in Sab-Sahara Africa over a period of 10 years between 2008 and 2018. This year marks the mid-point of the Initiative. While there have been a number of accomplishments in the past five years, and steady progress has been made toward achieving the objective, there still remain many challenges to overcome.

2. Objectives

The objectives of the side event are to:

1) Present achievements of CARD Initiative in the past five years, review issues and challenges and guiding principles of the next five years.

2) With a view of promoting the private sector in agricultural development in Africa:

  • Acknowledge the existence of various levels of private-sector players that are active in Africa, and that all of them, large- and small-scale, domestic and international, can play significant roles for Africa’s economic development through agriculture; and
  • Understand that the needs for creating enabling environment in order to facilitate local activities of various private-sector players.


3. Co-chairs

  • H.E. Mr. Mahama Zoungrana, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Burkina Faso
  • Mr. Tsuneo Kurokawa, Vice president, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Mr. Severin Kodderitzsch, Sector Manager, World Bank
  • Ms. Jane Karuku, President, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Director, the CARD Secretariat
  • Mr. Martin Bwalya, Head of CAADP, NEPAD Agency
  • Dr. Robert S. Zeigler, Director General, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
4. Speakers:
  • H.E. Mr. Mahama Zoungrana, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Burkina Faso
  • Dr. Keijiro Otsuka, Professor, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
  • Mr. Desmond Sheehy, CIO, the Duxton Asset Management
  • Pastor Amartey S. B. Tetteh, President, the Ghana Agri-Import Dealers Association (GAIDA)
  • Mr. Yoshisuke Kishida, President, Shin-Norinsha Co., Ltd
  • Mr. Geoffrey Israel Kirenga, CEO, the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) Center, Ltd.
  • Mr. Takanori Satoyama, General Coordinator, CARD Secretariat
5. Programme
 
 
Time Agenda Presenter Presentation
08:30-09:00 Registration    
09:00-09:05 Opening Remarks Co-Chair  
09:05 – 09:35 Achievement of the CARD Initiative in the past five years and the way forward CARD Secretariat PDF (English / French)
09:35 – 09:50 Possibility of Rice Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa Dr. Otsuka, GRIPS PDF (English / French)
09:50 – 10:05 Investor’s view on the potential of African agriculture and issues to be addressed in order to promote investment Mr. Sheehy, Duxton Asset PDF (English / French)
10:05 – 10:20 Current status of small to middle-scale local companies entering agribusiness, and the issues the African governments need to address in promoting small to middle-scale companies Pastor Tetteh, GAIDA PDF (English / French)
10:20 – 10:30 Q&A    
10:30 – 10:40 Coffee Break    
10:40 – 10:55 Potential of Japanese companies to contribute to promotion of agricultural mechanization, and the challenges they face to enter African markets.

Mr. Kishida

Shin-Norinsha Co., Ltd
PDF (English / French)
10:55 – 11:10 Steps taken by an African government to promote foreign investment in the private sector H.E. Mr. Zoungrana, Burkina Faso PDF (English / French)
11:10– 11:25 Public-private cooperation for development of Development Corridors Dr. Kirenga, SAGCOT PDF (English / French)
11:25 – 11:35 Q&A    
11:35 –11:45 Exchange of opinions    
11:45 – 12:00 Summary Co-Chair