AAIN joins the FAO for the 2017 World Food Day celebrations in Accra, Ghana

On the 16th of October, the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) was represented by a team from the Accra-based Secretariat in celebrating the World Food Day with partners, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Ghana.

The AAIN team was led by the CEO Dr. Alex Ariho who participated in the expert panel discussion that was guided by the theme, “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.”

“Africa is faced with a big challenge of unemployment especially for the youth today. The FAO is a key partner with remarkable support towards the development of agribusiness incubation in Africa as an innovative means for job creation and support for the mentorship component of the same.” -Dr. Alex Ariho, AAIN CEO.
In marking this 37th annual celebration of the World Food Day, the FAO was represented by among others, Bukar Tijani the FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Africa who emphasized the organisation’s commitment to rural development through agriculture.

Above: Bukar Tijani the FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Africa speaking at the World Food Day celebrations in Accra, Ghana.

Christine Evans-Klock the UN Resident Coordinator explained some of the key interventions in her remarks at the 2017 World Food Day celebrations.

“Scaling-up support to smallholder family farmers, creating alternative and sustainable off-farm livelihood options in rural areas, investing in water management infrastructure, and creating an enabling environment for the growth of the private sector in agro-processing are among the feasible options that can accelerate job opportunities for women and youth.” Christine Evans-Klock, UN Resident Coordinator.