The center of African economic progress must be smallholders, says Fadel Ndiame in an interview with ATLANTICO. He is a representative of the African Union, senior advisor to the President and Strategic Partnerships Presidency at AGRA (Gwroing Africa's Agriculture), an African-led organization that works to invest in the continent's agriculture.
"Africa is at the center of our interest and our work." Paolo Silveri's statement, leading regional economist at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for Latin America and the Caribbean, demonstrates the importance of the African continent to the actions of the UN agency, which supports agriculture in developing countries.
Responsible for coordinating and advocating for agricultural research in Africa, the Africa Agricultural Research Forum (FARA) serves as the technical arm of the African Union Commission. The organization focuses on development and technology to advance agriculture on the continent. “There is no country that has broken the food security barrier without adopting science,” says Yemi Akinbamijo, the institution's director.
Promoting business in Africa is Afreximbank's main focus. Based in Cairo, the bank has been working to encourage industry on the continent. In an interview with ATLANTICO during the Brazil Africa Forum 2019, the bank's chief economist and research and cooperation director, Hippolyte Fofack, talk about challenging the status quo and encouraging the continent's development in partnership with BRICS countries.
“We have a young democracy. The last one to be released. One of the most important things we are concerned about doing is learning from those who came before us, "says Mcebisi Skwatsha, South Africa's Deputy Minister of Agriculture. In an interview with ATLANTICO, he spoke about the challenges facing his country and what was learned from the Brazilian model He also highlighted the importance of cooperation between African countries The interview was given during the Brazil Africa Forum 2019, which took place in São Paulo in November.
Tang Shengyao, director of FAO's Office of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, spoke in an interview with ATLANTICO about collaborative strategies for achieving the UN agenda 2030 goals. The plan outlines the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - divided into 169 goals - to eradicate poverty and promote decent living for all within the planet. He also highlighted Brazil's role in the context of South-South Cooperation.
Headquartered in South Africa, Standard Bank has a mission: to bring more investors to the African continent. Natalia Dia, CEO of Standard Bank in Brazil, spoke with ATLANTICO about the bank's presence in the major financial markets and how multinationals are attracted to Africa. He also talked about the private sector incentive and the bank's role in this scenario.
The Brazil Africa Institute (IBRAF) economist Igor Lucena points to trilateral collaboration as one of the means to advance Africa's development. “We are working in a trilateral way that unites governments, of course, but here we have entrepreneurs, the private sector and also international institutions that together create a bond that helps economies develop more internationally.” He believes that by creating new opportunities African countries will be able to develop and thus achieve food security. The economist highlights the importance of events such as the Brazil Africa Forum to stimulate discussions about the opportunities of the African continent.
Brazil's tropical agriculture expertise can do a lot for Africa, according to Cezar Rizzi, CAMPO Project Coordinator. "Brazil has a lot to learn from Africa, but also a lot to contribute, especially with regard to tropical agriculture," said Rizzi, speaking of opportunities on the continent.