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Agriculture: Focus of Africa Week at UNESCO

Education and science for agriculture in Africa is the theme of Africa Week celebrations at UNESCO Headquarters this year. The event will take place from 26 to 28 May.

Organized by African Member States of UNESCO, Africa Week will feature film screenings, exhibitions and thematic conferences.

The opening ceremony will take place on Monday 26 May, 11.30 a.m., at the Piazza. It will be followed the third conference cycle devoted to Burkinabe historian and politician Joseph Ki-Zerbo (1992-2006). Speakers at the conference (26 May, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Room XI) will include Annick Gouba of the International Joseph Kizerbo Committee, and Syracuse University Professor of African American Studies Horace Campbell (USA), and legal expert Jean-Baptiste Harelimana.

A roundtable will be organized on 27 May (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room XI) at which Lansana Bayo, coordinator of the Mano River Union Food Security Hub; Saïd Ouattar, General-Director of the Hassan II Agronomy and Veterinary Institute (Morocco); and Fatoumata Morgane, Director of the Mano River Women’s Peace Network.

Two film projections will take place during the afternoon (3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Room XI): Pour le Meilleur et pour l’oignon (Niger), and Terre d’Investissement agricole (Côte d’Ivoire).


A screening of Michel Drachoussoff’s film, Destination Tombouctou will take place on 28 May and will be followed by a debate (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Room XI).


Africa's Minds Build a Better Future, a publication produced by UNESCO in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank and the web platform SciDevNet, will be presented on 28 May (Room XI). The book tells of 11 African-led technology and innovation projects that have improved people’s daily lives, reinforced cooperation and know-how exchange, or boosted local industries.


Finally, gala evening with dance, music and fashion presentations will close Africa Week (28 May, 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

Africa Week is held every year to give visibility to Africa and highlight the diversity of its cultural and artistic heritage.


Journalists wishing to cover Africa Week events should request accredtiation froom:

Isabelle Le Fournis,  i.le-fournis(at) or Djibril Keb