Dr. Ayesha S. Hakeem,
Managing Director of African Connections
Dr. Ayesha S. Hakeem, Managing Director of African Connections, said African Connections believed in the positivism of the agricultural sector despite its numerous challenges, saying “An efficient value chain is an essential ingredient needed for agriculture to play the role it can play to drive rural economic development”.
She said the exhibition and conference would provide a platform for stakeholders across the value chain to network, interact, share ideas and come out with workable solutions to address the challenges within the agricultural sector from subsistence to commercial farming.
Mr. Wilson Doku, Alliances for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Agriculture Value Chain Project Manager said AGRA had supported the country with 30 million dollars in 36 interventions but despite that, many challenges such as access to good seeds, fertilizers and sustainable farming practices still persisted.
He said bringing stakeholders together to deliberate on strategies to transform subsistence farming into a viable commercial industry will facilitate the achievement of the Government’s objective of lifting millions out of poverty.