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.
“Collaboration and knowledge exchange is the determining factor for accelerating development in Africa.” That's what Ulrich Sabel-Koschella, head of the agricultural value chains at GIZ, Germany's cooperation agency, says. In an interview with ATLANTICO, he talked about the partnership between Germany, Brazil, and Ghana to strengthen the cashew sector in the African country. The project was presented during a workshop at the Brazil Africa Forum 2019. In addition, Sabel-Koschella commented on South-South cooperation and how agriculture can contribute to the economic development of African countries.
Relations between Brazil and Africa show great development potential for the Brazilian and African economy The information is from Ivan Oliveira, director of international studies at the Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea). The agency has been conducting research on Brazilian relations with the African continent. The study is done in partnership with the Brazil Africa Institute (IBRAF), also responsible for ATLANTICO. "It was Ipea's first step in resuming research on Africa," Oliveira said in an exclusive interview with our team during the Brazil Africa Forum. 2019.