By Josephine Maseruka
UGANDA will host the 10th World Agricultural Forum (WAF) next year.
This will be the first ever WAF congress to be held outside St. Louis in the USA, the headquarters of the organisation.
The forum president, Raymond Cesca, who has been in Uganda for a five-day visit, yesterday said the meeting would be held from September 3 to 5 in Kampala.
At least 200 participants, including heads of States, are expected to attend the summit. Cesca said Uganda was chosen to host the meeting following a presentation by the agriculture minister, Eng. Hillary Onek, during a meeting in May in the USA.
â€œOnek gave a presentation on the needs of agriculture, on not only in the Ugandan perspective, but also on Africaâ€™s point of view. He did a marvellous job in defining and describing the needs of the region.â€
Cesca noted that Onek later contacted President Yoweri Museveni who invited the forum officials to Uganda.
â€œWhen we met President Museveni in August, he accepted to host the congress.â€ The forum will foster open discussions about the Africaâ€™s timely agricultural topics.
The primary goal is to form more effective partnerships between the participants who represent governments, food producers, corporations, academia and non-governmental organisations.
The participants will include decision-makers and leaders responsible for agricultural policy-making, political and business leaders.
They will exchange information on agriculture, with particular emphasis on sustainability and the need for changes in the world trade policy to enable farmers in developing countries have fair access to world markets, Cesca added.