Reinventing Agricultural, Food Systems and Funding Mechanisms in Africa:
Towards a New Development Paradigm

September 22-23 – Milano 2017

A. Introduction and Background
The African Union declared 2014 as their Year of Agriculture and Food Security, marking the 10th anniversary of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Programme(CAADP). Furthermore, the 66th UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the “International Year of Family Farming”. The African leaders, through the CAADP, have collectively committed themselves to defining a new agricultural agenda for the continent. The efforts of these leaders are supported by organizations that share a similar vision in the potential of the African continent and are keen to progress Africa’s agricultural landscape in the realization that a boost in this sector, will vastly improve the lives of the rural poor.

KULA acknowledges Africa’s achievements over the last decade through the strategic review of CAADP commissioned by the African union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) (2012), culminating in the Sustaining CAADP Momentum (SCM) document and Results Framework.
Our beliefs in KULA is that African food industry (to be invented!) must be the first African industrial sector making our continent the world’s largest exporter of processed food products. This industry will have to adapt to the evolution of international trade, developing new policies and quality enhancement of agricultural production for the sake of partnership between all players in the sector.
Africa’s ability to sustain its current rapid growth will depend largely on how quickly it will be able to shift from reliance on traditional commodity markets to modern economic structures that focus on technology-driven development. The hope for the future growth of the agricultural industry sector in Africa has been rekindled by a new crop of leaders who recognizing that enhanced agricultural performance is key to moving towards broad based economic performances in Africa.
Africa needs to accelerate technical change and productivity growth to meets its food security and development requirements as well as to ascend to its position as the world’s future bread-basket.We urge all stakeholders and the donor community to listen and respond to African defined agricultural industry priorities after close to two decades of neglect.
As Africans it is important to realize that we have the brainpower and the ability to come up with our solutions to our problems. KULA encourages Strong Mindsets by proposing the following 3-points Afrocentric Agricultural Development Agenda (3ADA):

1. Reforms and transformation programs: agri-food system transformation (in farming, wholesale, warehouse, processing,retail systems) and intensification of farm technology (the agricultural transformation). This represents 50-60% of the African food market, in contrast to the global export market representing approximately 5-10% of marketed food supply.

2. Science, technology and innovation: Investing in science, technology, innovation and learning agenda that is responsive to the needs and goals of Africans agriculture for economic transformation.

3. Technical Cooperation, Agrifinance to support new investments

Create engagement actions among those invited to exchange information and the resulting business opportunities for farms and agro Italian industries.

B. Conference Objectives and Expected Outcomes

The Conference is suggested to dialogue and focus on 3 priority areas of action needed to accelerate transformation and development:
1. Reforms and transformation programs
2. Science, technology, innovation and learning agenda
3. Technical Cooperation, Agrifinance to support new investments

The Conference will:
1. Enable KULA to incentifie the creation of innovative agri-financial instruments to support the investments in africa
2. Encourage Italian businessmen to evaluate business opportunities and to prioritize appropriate actions for this new market.

The Conference will also provide key recommendations with respect to the implementation of the 3-point Afrocentric Agricultural Development Agenda (3ADA).