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Africa’s ability to sustain its current rapid growth will depend largely on how quickly it will be able to shift from reliance on traditional commodity markets to modern economic structures that focus on technology-driven development. ... Read more

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What we do

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.


Africa Agriculture Status Report 2014 released

Sub-Saharan Africa is a fast growing region with over 800 million people and great agro-ecological and cultural dicersity.

Smallholder farmers are the primary producers accounting for over 80% of all the farms in sub-saharan africa.

A report released by AGRA and partners details the effects of climatic change on these smallholder farmers.

Download the report here