Data Driven Insights to Harness Food Systems Transformation in Africa

In our Manufacturing Priority Agenda #MPA2024, Agriculture for Industry (A4I) is one of the four pillars aimed at increasing the manufacturing sector’s contribution to GDP from 7.8% in 2022 to 20% by 2030. This strategic vision is complemented by other pillars including Global Competitiveness, Export-led Industrialization, and SME Development.

Today, KAM Chief Executive Anthony Mwangi emphasized the importance of utilizing data insights to drive private sector-led competitiveness for agricultural transformation at the launch of the Strathmore Agri-Food Innovation Center (SAFIC). He presented the association’s Agriculture for Industry initiative, aiming to foster backward integration between industry and agriculture.

Mr Mwangi highlighted six value chains out of 32 identified by KAM; Maize, Avocado, Wheat, Tomato, Potatoes, and Pyrethrum. He outlined a comprehensive strategy aimed at enhancing agricultural competitiveness, one that addresses both upstream and downstream challenges within the sector, ultimately paving the way for sustainable growth and prosperity.

Hon. Dr. Kanyuithia Mutunga, Chair of the Agriculture Committee at the National Assembly, expressed commitment to establishing an elaborate and well-coordinated management system that relies on credible data for driving agricultural advancement in Kenya.

Dr Vincent Ogutu, Vice Chancellor Strathmore University, highlighted the institution’s dedication to creating lasting positive impacts through philanthropic endeavors, benefiting both present and future generations.

Dr Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), emphasized the role of empowering individuals in propelling progress in the Agriculture sector. She commended initiatives like SAFIC for their active engagement and provision of valuable data and research, which equip stakeholders with the knowledge and resources necessary for driving meaningful advancements and sustainable growth within the agricultural domain.

Dr Obai Khalifa, Deputy Director Agricultural Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, emphasized the significance of partnerships and evidence-based support in driving investment and growth. Khalifa expressed satisfaction in observing the active participation of government, private sector entities, and academia in leading the transformation of agriculture in Africa.

The launch of the the Strathmore Agri-Food Innovation Center (SAFIC) set the stage for catalytic private sector-led growth, innovation, and the promotion of resilient food systems in Africa.

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