President Museveni, Kikwete meet ahead of Africa Green Revolution Summit
STATE HOUSE, ENTEBBE: President Yoweri Museveni has said Uganda is ready to embrace the harmonisation of ideas on what is supposed to be done as far as food security is concerned.
The President was today meeting with the former Tanzanian President H.E Mrisho Jakaya Kikwete on increase of and transformation of Agriculture in Africa ahead of the Africa Green Revolution Summit next month.
During the meeting that took place at State House Entebbe, President Museveni welcomed the former Tanzanian leader and appreciated the Green Revolution in Africa programme.
President Museveni noted that Uganda has already identified key hindrances to agriculture such as the quality of seeds, poor Agro practices, irrigation, infrastructure such as roads, post harvest handling as well as market in Africa adding that the government has already started on working on most of these challenges.
H.E Jakaya Kikwete is the member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
He briefed the President on the forthcoming Africa Green Revolution (AGRF) 2021 Forum Summit scheduled for September in the Kenyan Capital, Nairobi. He said that the summit would be a turning point for the continents’ narrative on food systems transformation for the good of the people of Africa and beyond.
In a heartfelt note he wrote in the guest book, Excellency Kikwete said it was a pleasure to visit and learn from Museveni’s vast knowledge and experience in many fields inclusing agriculture which brought him here today.
“We thank you for the time you took to see me and my delegation from AGRA. We have benefitted a lot from your wise counsel. On behalf of AGRA, I promise Your Excellency and the people of Uganda, continued cooperation,” he said.
AGRA was founded in 2006 to trigger a uniquely African Green Revolution –one that would learn from and build on previous revolutions. It is a farmer-centred, African-led, and partnerships-driven institution that is transforming Africa’s smallholder farming from solitary struggle to survive to businesses that thrive.
The meeting was attended by AGRA’S Vice President Ms. Aggie Konde among others.