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In his keynote address, President Houngbo outlines how a 21st century approach to agriculture is central to creating a better world. He argues that with the right investments, small-scale producers can transform the rural communities where they live, ensuring food security, boosting economic growth and creating jobs, particularly for young people. President Houngbo states that renewed global commitment is needed to transform rural Africa and to ensure that transformation is sustainable, inclusive and resilient.

About the Speaker:

Gilbert F. Houngbo is the President IFAD, the world’s second-largest multilateral investor in food and nutrition security, and one of the top multilateral institutions working in agriculture in Africa. Prior to IFAD, President Houngbo was the Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO). He also served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Togo from 2008 to 2012. President Houngbo has spent more than 30 years working to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, with extensive experience in political affairs, international development, diplomacy and financial management.