Africa’s high level dialogue on sustainable development being organized by Believe In Africa 2017 to enhance economic integration and development of the continent, has been scheduled to take place in Marrakech, Morocco between September 11 and 12, 2017.
The 2017 edition titled ‘Women and Agriculture’ scheduled to take place at Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech, will witness discussions centered around economic integration between African countries, women’s equality and food security.
‘Believe in Africa’ is an African Diaspora-led initiative founded by former U.S. congressional staffers and African leaders in the U.S. to empower women and young Africans to harness the power of the African Diaspora, educate policy makers and the public about African economic growth and highlight the continent’s gradual rise in the global community.
The high level African economic rejuvenation dialogue will also address access to finance, technology, innovation, climate change mitigation and sustainable development as the main topics for the ‘Women and Agriculture’ dialogue.
A statement made available to the Daily Times by Believe in Africa, revealed that more than 500 delegates representing leading women in agriculture, political decision-makers, former heads of state, spouses of African heads of state are scheduled to attend the African developmental dialogue
Other expected attendees include representatives of the private sector and the financial industry, business executives, international experts, as well as a large number of representatives of civil society.
The cerebral African economic, political and human development experts will cross fertilize ideas on the place and contribution of African women in relation to agriculture, climate change mitigation and sustainable development, issues that have remained critical for the African continent, Mrs. Angelle Kwemo, president of the association and president of the Congress, said “Our choice of Morocco is not fortuitous.
Indeed, the efforts deployed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco and his leadership in advancing collaboration between African countries and their economic integration, motivated us in our choice of Morocco to host this first edition.”
Women and Agriculture said it wants define a strategy to empower women more so when the African population will double in 2050. And to meet this challenge, the continent is expected to triple its agricultural production.
Despite the efforts of African women in the rural areas who are the pivot of this production, production remains non-mechanized with low productivity and no value added.
According to Kwemo, ‘Women and agriculture’ counts on the support of an important Moroccan partner, the OCP Group, a world leader in phosphates and derivatives production. The Moroccan institution is strongly involved in agriculture development in Africa.
Economic integration between African countries, women’s equality, food security, access to finance, technology, innovation, climate change mitigation and sustainable development are the main topics of the dialogue.