Governance & Leadership
Dr Joe DeVries
Vice President, Program Development & Innovation
Dr DeVries, is passionate about the potential of Africa’s seed systems to create and sustain a uniquely African green revolution. A citizen of the USA, he launched his career in Africa in 1986 as a United Nations Volunteer building irrigated rice systems in West Africa’s northern Sahel region. As a crop improvement and genetics expert, he believes in the transfer of ownership of the inventive steps in plant breeding to local institutions, and ensuring the supply of seed to smallholder farmers is modelled on sound business practice and responsive to their needs.
In the past decade, Joe has led AGRA’s partnerships with African crop breeders in 14 countries has resulted in the generation of 500 high-yield, locally adapted crop varieties, increasing farmer access to high quality, locally produced seeds from 2,000 metric tons to more than 120,000 metric tons per year.
Agribusinesses and African Smallholders Seize $1 Trillion Food Market as Meals Replace Minerals to Restart African Economic Growth, New Report
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The power of entrepreneurs and the free market is driving Africa’s economic growth from food production, as business wakes up to opportunities of a rapidly growing food market in Africa, that may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030 to substitute imports with high value food
Major Deals to Accelerate Africa’s Path to Prosperity through Agriculture Agreed at World’s Foremost Gathering of African Agriculture Leaders
Close to US$6.5 billion worth of investments in palm oil, pulses, potato and rice, mainly in West Africa, over the next eight years, were made and the new US$280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) launched Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Friday 8 September 2017 – Africa’s economic growth prospects received a major boost this
New US $280 Million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa Launched
Four prominent organizations supporting African agriculture join forces in innovative strategic partnership to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households in at least 11 African countries by 2021. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) was launched today at the