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African countries economies for a lot are based on agriculture Governments priorities till today are on Africa industrialisation, food security, healthcare with the goal of providing its population with better lives and better livelihoods. - The agricultural sector in lot of African countries contribute to the countries’ growth, employment and reducing poverty especially in rural areas.
Governments need to integrate in their strategies the right incentives, have a holistic view, work on the value chain from the raw material to final product (farming, storage, handling, processing….)
Governments are to develop the right strategies to boost & diversify their agricultures. Governments need to ensures that the general framework is favorable to these sectors for both producers and the industry for transformation & commercialisation.
Technology is playing more and more an important role in agriculture and becoming a competitive advantage and part of high end commercial value chain. Africa need to consider the role of technology, include it in its long term strategy especially with the emergence and growing importance of agritech, blockchain . Embracing it represent a real opportunity for the growth markets
Innocent TOGLA, Secretary General, Deputy to the Ministry, Ministry of Agriculture, Benin
Dossa AGUEMON, Director of Cabinet, Ministry of Agriculture, Benin
Meledje Enock GRAH, Deputy Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Côte d'Ivoire
Marius Mahussi Aïna Sodjinou, Director of Programming and Foresight, Ministry of Agriculture, Benin
Jacques Eboua, Deputy Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Côte d'Ivoire
Brou Honoré KOFFI, Sub-Director of Project Monitoring and Economic Actions in the Regions, Directorate General of the Economy, Ministry of the Economy and Finance, Ivory Coast