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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
As we approach 2015, there is an increased sense of urgency amongst African heads of states to live up to the promises they set in delivery of Millennium Development Goals.... Read more
For more than three decades, I have advocated for the African woman smallholder farmer. The farmers of the future may not be small, and are not necessarily only women. That is why starting early to mentor and empower young people with knowledge is important.... Read more
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.
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.
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 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.
Smallholder farmers must band together in increasing numbers to increase their negotiating power in purchasing inputs and selling their produce.
Smallholder farmers must have access to more affordable credit if they are to improve yields, protect soil resources, and expand their businesses.
By Anne Mbaabu, Director of AGRA’s Markets program
As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2014 this year, it is important to recognize the important role that small women producers play in our continent’s socio-economic development. Read more
By Joan Mbugua
AGRA’s Soil Health Program (SHP) has been working since 2009 with smallholder farmers using on-farm demonstrations to showcase improved practices for boosting soil health and fertility, and consequently farm-level productivity. Read More
The Africa Agriculture Status Report: Focus on Staple Crops was inspired by the need to have an accessible and reliable resource depicting the status and trends of African agriculture.
Given the crucial role agriculture plays in African economic growth and development, it is critical to have such a resource—compiled with current and accurate information on key indicators—as a reference when designing policies and strategies that guide future growth and development of agriculture in Africa.
Smoothly functioning food markets are vital to food security. They give the smallholder farmers incentives to generate a surplus to sell, and to invest in new production and post-harvest management technologies.
They also ensure that food reaches consumers in defecit areas. In doing so, they contribute to food security and higher incomes, the main goal of AGRA.