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FANRPAN AT THE 2015 African Green Revolution Forum in Lusaka, Zambia
29 September 2015 - 2 October 2015

FANRPAN CEO, Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda officially launched the 2015 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), Youth in Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which is took place from 29 September to 02 October in Lusaka, Zambia.

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) - led study finds a direct connection between two of Africa's most pressing problems. The low crop yields and poorly developed agriculture businesses that have caused food production to fall behind population growth; and the dim employment prospects for a growing population of under-25-year-olds that by mid-century will exceed the entire population of the United States.

In launching the report, Dr Sibanda shared her own experience of how she became involved in agriculture. She emphasized the need for mentorship of young people and for more professionals in the agriculture sector to share their stories and experiences with the youth. FANRPAN contributed to the 2015 AASR as co-author of CHAPTER 7: Establishing a Conducive Policy Environment for Youth Engagement in Agriculture.

More than 600 people attended the 2015 AGRF, which was officially opened by Zambia's Vice President, Her Excellency Inonge Wina. Over the course of 36 separate but related events, the participants have deliberated on the 2015 AGRF theme as aligned to the Malabo Commitments and as affecting three key constituencies: youth, women and the domestic private sector. The new AGRF Framework, which responds to the call by the African Union and in respect to the agreed systems and structures, commit to support implementation at country level, measure, track and report progress being made against set goals was launched. Participants at the 2015 AGRF committed to advocate for, facilitate and support youth and women with regard to the afore-mentioned 10 thematic focus areas and adopted the new AGRF Results Framework as an implementation and monitoring tool to achieve the goals outlined in Malabo Declaration. The next AGRF will take place in Nairobi, Kenya in early September 2016.

For more information about the AGRF visit

The 2015 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) is available at


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