The former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has commended President Yoweri Museveni for the “good work” he is doing for Ugandans and the people of Africa.
This is contained in a letter Kikwete wrote to Museveni following a meeting between the two leaders in Kampala on Friday.
Kikwete as a Board Member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) met President Museveni for a conversation around Africa’s food system priorities ahead of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Summit 2021, in Nairobi Kenya next month.
AGRA is an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives.
“It is always a pleasure to visit you and learn from your vast knowledge and experience in many fields including agriculture which brought me here today. We thank you for the time you took to meet me and my delegation from AGRA. We have benefited a lot from your wise counsel. On behalf of AGRA, I promise Your Excellency and the people of Uganda, continued cooperation,” writes Kikwete.
“Please continue to do the good work for the people of Uganda, East And our dear continent,” he adds.
The discussion between the two leaders centered on ways to prioritize inclusive agricultural transformation in the promotion of resilient and sustainable food systems. This is in addition to the need for collaboration in driving the commitments made in the Malabo Declaration and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Kikwete also used the meeting to invite President Yoweri Museveni for the AGRF Summit 2021, an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives.
Organized under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta and the AGRF Partners Group, under the theme, “Pathways to Recovery and Resilient Food Systems”, the AGRF Summit 2021 will assume a hybrid format with participation in Nairobi and virtually.
It is expected that over 10,000 delegates will join the event virtually, as close to 150 delegates gather in Nairobi for the Summit, among them Heads of State and Government, Ministers and high-profile leaders from the private sector and development organizations.
Among other objectives, the Forum will give the continent a final chance to review and affirm Africa’s common position before joining the rest of the world at the UN Food Systems Summit, in New York later in September.