Tanzania propels Africa as the global hub of food security as AGRF-2023 Summit Preparations kick into high gear

Tanzania is positioning itself as a champion of food security and agricultural advancement on the global stage as it fervently prepares for the eagerly awaited Africa’s Food Systems Forum 2023 Summit (AGRF-2023) in Dar es Salaam.

In preparation for the Africa’s Food Systems Forum 2023 Summit (AGRF-2023), the country organized three notable events.

These included the inauguration of the Tanzania Agribusiness Deal Room, which fosters partnerships and investments along the food systems value chain, and the Value4Her Women in Agribusiness Convention, empowering women entrepreneurs and encouraging their active participation.

Tanzania also commenced the registration process for the AGRF-2023 Summit, highlighting its commitment to attracting investments and driving transformative change in the agricultural sector.

With its sights set on becoming a global food security hub, the leading food powerhouse in East Africa seeks to attract substantial investments in the agricultural sector at the Summit.

Tanzania aims to showcase its success stories, highlight its immense potential, and captivate the attention of local and global investors seeking promising agricultural ventures.

The Minister for Agriculture, Hussein Bashe, says the Summit is expected to bring together over 3,000 leaders from across the African continent to discuss transforming food systems and ensuring food security for all.

Under the visionary leadership of President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Tanzania is positioning itself as a premier investment destination in Africa.

This sets the stage for a successful and transformative gathering that aims to shape the future of food systems on the continent.

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries have emphasized that food security is a top priority for the country’s Sixth Phase Government, emphasizing its commitment to ensuring a sustainable and secure food supply and trade.

Actively engaged in event preparations, the two ministries aim to unlock the vast potential and full capacity of the agricultural sector, driving sustainable economic growth to unprecedented heights with a particular emphasis on agriculture and livestock investments.

On May 12, 2023, the Minister for Agriculture, Hussein Bashe, inaugurated the registration process for Africa’s Food Systems Forum 2023 Summit (AGRF-2023) in Dodoma. He invited agricultural stakeholders worldwide to register and participate in this momentous event.

The Summit will take place in Dar es Salaam from September 4–8, 2023, and will spotlight Africa’s crucial role in implementing innovative global food security and safety strategies. The conference seeks to bring together agricultural stakeholders, including experts in food systems, with a strong emphasis on the active engagement of African leaders, youth, and women.

Projected data indicates a deteriorating food situation worldwide, with an estimated 50 percent increase in food demand. “This presents a golden opportunity for Tanzania,” emphasized Minister Bashe.

Minister Bashe further highlighted the significant role of innovation, sound policies, and increased investments in the agricultural sector. He underscored the AGRF conference as a prime opportunity to explore innovative approaches that strengthen agriculture, attract more investment, and foster the development of sound policies. The Minister emphasized that Tanzania is fully geared up to leverage its potential as a thriving food hub for Africa and the world, seizing the opportunity to make a substantial impact on ensuring global food security.

Minister Bashe also stressed the importance of engaging youth and women in pursuing food security, recognizing their pivotal role as catalysts for innovation and development. He called upon agricultural stakeholders and global experts in food systems to contribute their expertise, ideas, and commitment to AGRF-2023.

 

“In our endeavors to establish Africa as the global epicenter of food security, we must prioritize the active engagement of youth and women, harnessing their innovative potential and valuable contributions to foster the sustainable production and accessibility of safe and dependable food,” emphasized Hon. Hussein Bashe, Minister of Agriculture.

The Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Abdallah Ulega, met with Mr. Amath Pathé Sene, the Managing Director for Africa’s Food Systems Forum (AGRF), to discuss how the AGRF agricultural forum can promote investment opportunities in Tanzania’s livestock and fisheries sectors.

“At the AGRF conference, attendees will have the valuable opportunity to witness Tanzanian farmers’ impressive achievements and activities, gaining valuable insights into successful practices within the agricultural sector,” noted Mr. Sene. He emphasized the critical role of innovation, sound policies, and strategic investments in building resilient food systems.

In addition, on May 11, 2023, Prof. Riziki Shemdoe, PS Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, officially inaugurated the Tanzania Agribusiness Deal Room in Dar es Salaam. This milestone contributes to the AGRF’s food systems agenda by nurturing agricultural entrepreneurship and providing a conducive environment for young farmers and agripreneurs to access resources, training, and networking opportunities.

“The Agribusiness Dealroom provides a highly interactive space for various actors to engage and extend discussions in bilateral and multilateral partnerships. This, in turn, facilitates pipelines of investments along the food systems value chain,” noted Prof. Shemdoe.

In parallel, Prof. Shemdoe acknowledged the commitment of President Samia Suluhu Hassan to opening up Tanzania to the global economy. “Our President, H.E. Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan, is fully committed to opening up the country to the global economy through improved investment climate and major infrastructure development. We are undertaking significant legal and regulatory reforms to make Tanzania one of the best investment destinations on the continent.”

Mr. Vianey Rweyendela, Country Manager in Tanzania, highlighted the thriving investment hub in Tanzania’s agribusiness sector. With a vibrant SME ecosystem and a wealth of opportunities, the country has become an attractive destination for investors seeking dynamic and promising food system ventures.

On May 12, Prof. Riziki Silas Shemdoe, the Permanent Secretary of the Livestock and Fisheries Ministries, officially launched the Value4Her Women in Agribusiness Convention. This convention, held in Dar es Salaam, marks a significant milestone on the journey towards the AGRF-2023 and aims to empower women entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector. The Value4Her Women in Agribusiness in Tanzania has over 152 agripreneurs on board, attracting both women-led companies and ecosystem players.

During the inauguration, Prof. Shemdoe emphasized the importance of women’s active participation in the deal room, capturing the attention of potential investors. “As we officially launch the Value for Her initiative, I urge women to participate actively in the deal room, showcasing our potential and creating opportunities for transformative investments,” stated Prof. Shemdoe. Recognizing the indispensable role of women and youth in ensuring food security and building sustainable food systems, he expressed his commitment to celebrating and empowering their contributions.

Tanzania has set its sights on becoming a global food security hub, and the Value4Her initiative is one of the vital tools that can make this ambition a reality, Prof. Shemdoe stated. He emphasized that active participation in the deal room for Value4Her women will attract investments in women-led businesses, paving the way for transformative change in the agricultural landscape of Tanzania.

Sabdiyo Dido Bashuna, the Head of Gender and Inclusiveness at AGRA, urged The Value4Her initiative in Tanzania to harness the immense opportunities provided by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). “The AfCFTA opens up immense opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Africa. With the right product certifications and origin certificates, women can trade seamlessly across the continent, unlocking new markets and driving economic growth. Let Value4Her women be the first to harness the power of AfCFTA in trade and build a prosperous future!” expressed Bashuna.

These prelude events lay the foundation for Africa’s Food Systems Forum 2023 Summit, a dynamic and engaging platform that aims to catalyze transformative changes in agriculture, drive sustainable practices, and ensure food security across the African continent.

About the Summit 

Africa’s Food Systems 2023 Summit, hosted by H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, and the AGRF Partner’s Group, will take place from September 5-8 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. More information about the Summit can be found on the official website: https://www.agrf-inperson.com/.

The theme for the 2023 Summit is “Recover, Regenerate, Act: Africa’s Solutions to Food Systems Transformation.”

The focus will be on building better food systems, emphasizing youth and women as catalysts for change.

The Summit aims to foster dialogues and re-energize commitment to food systems transformation. Public and private sector participants will actively engage in discussions centered around regeneration as a means of wealth creation for the African continent.

Field visits are scheduled for September 3, 2023, allowing attendees to gain firsthand insights into innovative agricultural practices and initiatives in Tanzania.

The Pre-Summit activities will take place on September 4, 2023, setting the stage for in-depth discussions and knowledge sharing ahead of the central Summit.

The Summit will be held from September 5 to September 8, 2023, at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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