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Africa Food Systems Forum 2023: Dar es Salaam Gathers 4000+ Delegates to Address Africa's Food Systems Transformation Goals

Africa Food Systems Forum 2023: Dar es Salaam Gathers 4000+ Delegates to Address Africa's Food Systems Transformation Goals

Dar es Salaam, September 4, 2023The 13th annual Africa Food Systems Forum is set to convene from September 5th to 8th, 2023, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Under the leadership of H. E Samia Suluhu Hassan, the president of the United Republic of Tanzania. The Summit themed Recover, Regenerate, Act: Africa’s Solutions to Food Systems Transformation will provide a platform to over 4,000 delegates, leaders, and innovators from across the globe and for to discuss policy, breakthroughs and innovations in agriculture and food systems transformation. ​ ​

During a press conference held at State House Tanzania on September 3, 2023, Hon. Hussein Mohamed Bashe, Tanzania's Minister of Agriculture, extended a warm welcome to delegates from Tanzania and beyond attending the summit.

He emphasized that the Forum represents a significant milestone in the journey towards establishing inclusive and sustainable food systems transformation throughout the continent. ​ ​

"This year's summit places a strong emphasis on empowering women and youth, recognizing their pivotal roles in reshaping Africa's food landscape," said the Hon. Bashe.

Minister Hussein Bashe also touched on how Tanzania is working to address food security and job creation through Tanzania's flagship initiative, the "Building a Better Tomorrow: Youth Initiative for Agribusiness (BBT-YIA)," which aims to provide agribusiness training to 200,000 young individuals and support 15,000 youth-led agribusiness ventures in Tanzanian villages over the next five years. ​ ​ ​

Aligned with these initiatives, Africa Food Systems Forum 2023 will specifically address the optimization of youth employment within Africa's food systems while showcasing the innovative agribusiness ventures driven by young entrepreneurs. ​ ​

Amath Pathe Sene, the Managing Director of the Africa Food Systems Forum, underscored the pressing need to tackle food system challenges.

"It is imperative that we make our voices heard, develop solutions that are rooted in our local context, and give paramount importance to the empowerment of women and youth in the process of transforming our food systems" said Amath.

The Forum will also build momentum for the Food Systems Transformation dialogue ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference COP 28 in Dubai. ​ ​ ​

Key highlights include, thematic plenary sessions with expert speakers, a ministerial roundtable involving over 40 ministers, and a high-level session where Heads of States will make commitments to advance Africa's Food Systems transformation.

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