Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and now Chair of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) speaks at a conference entitled "Toward a
'Green Revolution' in Africa?"
This conference is an Initiative of the Salzburg Global Seminar (www.SalzburgGlobal.org), the Institute of Development Studies (www.ids.ac.uk), and the Future Agricultures Consortium (www.future-agricultures.org).
Against a background of spiralling world food prices, Kofi Annan reminds world leaders that the unfolding world food crisis may roll back the progress that has been achieved by African countries in the last decade. He challenges them to support Africa's own efforts with major new investments to accelerate growth in agriculture and sustain ongoing economic recovery.
"We need to work together to turn things around on this continent," the former UN secretary-general says, telling the assembled experts to "remain engaged, not only in seminars and discussion rooms but action on the ground." He also urges them to "engage with the farmers."
Kofi Annan served as United Nations Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006. During his tenure, Mr. Annan was a resolute advocate for human rights, the rule of law, and the revitalization of the United Nations.
He played a key role in mobilizing a global effort to combat malaria and HIV/AIDS. He was instrumental in laying out the Millennium Development Goals, a strategy to meet the needs of the world's poorest by 2015. On 10th December 2001, Mr. Annan and the United Nations received the Nobel Peace Prize. Born in Ghana in 1938, Mr. Annan pursued postgraduate studies in Minnesota and Geneva, and received a Master's of Science in Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Annan, a Ghanaian citizen, currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland.