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AfDB, AGRA to strengthen cooperation for a smallholder agricultural revolution in Africa

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (20 November 2014) - The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) held high-level discussions in Abidjan on Thursday, November 20 with a view to addressing challenges faced by Africa’s smallholder farmers. Both institutions have agreed to strengthen...

Africa’s leading crop breeders meet in Kigali, Rwanda, to discuss strategies for increasing food production and securing the next generation of plant breeders

Kigali, Rwanda (10 November 2014) – A two day meeting kicked off today in Kigali Rwanda bringing together 52 African Crop Breeders to deliberate on how best to ensure African farmers get the best of their breeds. Coordinated by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the...

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa is helping to build a better life for all Africans

By Dr. Agnes Kalibata The recent article by John Vidal (Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries) reports on a study that is misleading and factually incorrect. The report, by the non-profit GRAIN, fails to recognize AGRA as an African organization. While we exist due to...


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Seeds iconImproving Africa’s SEED systems

Africa is facing a shortage of quality seeds. Poor seed combined with climate change is exacerbating the already critical food shortage in sub-Saharan Africa.

Soil iconRevitalising Africa’s SOILS

Africa‘s soils are among the most degraded in the world, and steps must be taken to increase fertility and encourage the use of better agronomic practices.

Markets iconIncreasing access to MARKETS

African smallholder farmers have limited access to local and regional markets, reducing their ability to sell their produce. This limits smallholder incomes and food security in general.

Policy iconHelping to design better POLICIES

Policy and regulatory bottlenecks hamper the adoption of new technologies by smallholder farmers and discourage investment by other value chain actors. Much must be done to create better enabling policy environments.

Farmers organisations iconStrengthening FARMER ORGANIZATIONS

Smallholder farmers must band together in increasing numbers to increase their negotiating power in purchasing inputs and selling their produce.

Finance iconAgriculture FINANCE

Smallholder farmers must have access to more affordable credit if they are to improve yields, protect soil resources, and expand their businesses.

Stories from the field

Farmers fear maize losses could reach catastrophic levels

By Anthony Muchoki, Dar es Salaam Tanzania’s farmers are facing the prospect of seeing their bumper harvest turn into a bumper post-harvest loss, unless urgent measures are taken. The use of improved seeds, better management techniques and ideal climate conditions has given Tanzania’s farmers a ‘good year problem’ more...

Challenging the status quo in Tanzania

By Simon Crump Rose Fratein Murjang shows African women can be successful in agriculture, business and their local communities. As a single woman, Ms. Murjang has managed to buy more land, start a business and sit on her local council, thanks to a successful start in farming. Her story...