AGRA signs six MoUs at the AGRF 2017 as partnerships surge forwards

AGRA signs six MoUs at the AGRF 2017 as partnerships surge forwards

The seventh African Green Revolution Forum, held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from 4th to 8th September 2017, saw the signing of six MoUs as first steps in the formation of a new partnerships directed at accelerating African agricultural transformation.

MoU with: The centro internacional de mejoramiento de maiz y trigo also known as the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT); and The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

To scale-up and deliver seeds of improved high-quality maize varieties, especially hybrid maize seed in 11 African countries, namely: Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Mali, Kenya and Malawi. CIMMYT will also support effective scaling-up and commercialization of elite, high-yielding, and stress resilient maize hybrid seeds, in partnership with AGRA-supported and committed public and private sector partners in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya and Malawi.

MoU with ITC

To identify trade and investment flows and potential markets for value chains by researching and identifying buyer and investor priorities through a programme of visits to potential international buyers and investors

MoU with The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (BMZ)

To advance the agricultural incomes of smallholders, food security, sustainable land use, and inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa that fosters employment and economic opportunities.  This supports the goals of achieving the African Union’s Year 2025 goals of doubling agricultural productivity, tripling agricultural trade, managing one third of Africa’s agricultural land with climate smart agricultural practices, eliminating hunger, and cutting poverty in half. It also contributes to the G7-Goal to lift 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition; the G20 Initiative for Rural Youth Employment; and is well aligned towards the goals of BMZ’s Special Initiative ONEWORD – No Hunger Initiative.

MoU with IDH sustainable trade initiative

The Partnership aims to establish a blended finance technical assistance (TA) facility that acts to coordinate TA services, targeting agricultural investments in Africa that benefit African smallholder farmers and SMEs in key agricultural value chains.  The Partnership will also drive industrialization in the cassava value chain, and develop resilience for small-scale farmers growing cash and staple crops in sub-Saharan Africa.

MoU with: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

To strengthen governance and financing of the agriculture sector through greater cooperation in all areas concerning the issues of government support, policy engagement and advocacy in the ECOWAS region.  Areas of special focus include strengthening country planning, policy and programme efficiency to increase the sector’s financing and growth in the ECOWAS region.  The MoU also aims to boost the adoption of good agricultural practices and innovations, in particular for the use of improved seeds, improving soil health and more efficient use of fertilizer.

MoU with: The Farm to Market Alliance and Interval Geneve SA

This project will work on agricultural value chain development projects involving rice production in West African countries in collaboration with international partners, Governments and local partners.  The project will confirm countries and regions within those countries and local partners where rice projects will be developed. The countries currently considered are Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.

The seventh African Green Revolution Forum, held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from 4th to 8th September 2017, saw the signing of six MoUs as first steps in the formation of a new partnerships directed at accelerating African agricultural transformation.