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AGRA ANNUAL REPORT 2016

Towards Africa’s Agricultural Transformation

Chairman’s Statement

MR. Strive Masiyiwa

Chairman of the Board

In Africa, when conditions are right, change can happen fast. Agriculture forms a significant portion of the economies of all African countries. As a sector it can contribute towards major continental priorities, such as eradicating poverty and hunger, boosting intra-Africa trade and investments, rapid industrialization and economic diversification, sustainable resource and environmental management, and creating jobs, human security and shared prosperity.

President’s Keynote

DR. Agnes Kalibata

AGRA President

When I travel across Africa today, I see the biggest gains in food production occurring in response to economic opportunity. That fills me with optimism, and not just because it has major implications for the fight against hunger. It’s important because Africans need agriculture to do much more than provide food security: they also need agriculture to provide a strong foundation for generating jobs and income, particularly for impoverished people.

AGRA@10

10 years of AGRA’S Shared Success

2015/16
In deploying its resources, AGRA transformed its programs into integrated and country level support approach. AGRA now works at three levels - from the ground up. The first level is the farmer level, with a focus on helping smallholders produce more and earn a profit while using environmentally sustainable practices. Next level up is the systems level, the businesses and industries that feed the first level, including the researchers, seed companies, and fertilizer companies that provide the high-quality inputs, the companies that buy, process, and sell produce, and the banks that offer the financing. Finally, we work at the national and global level, the source of most of the funding, public policy, and research that set the context for agricultural development.
2014
AGRA’s broadens focus to include work aimed at strengthening farmer organizations, improving access to markets and affordable financing, and helping governments to design and implement better, more effective agricultural policies and regulations. This opens new opportunities for AGRA to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including smallholder farmers and the groups that represent them, private agribusinesses, African governments, national and international agricultural research institutes, NGOs. and Civil Society Organizations.
2013
AGRA launches the ‘Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership (SSTP), a major initiative funded by USAID that will fast-track smallholder access to new agricultural technologies. AGRA also launches ‘Strengthening Agricultural Input and Output Markets in Africa’ (SAIOMA) project, with the Swedish government, USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
2012
AGRA’s Soil Health Program (SHP) makes grants worth US$ 41 million, surpassing its US$ 37.7 million target for the year. AGRA’s Market Access Program makes grants in 12 countries – Tanzania, Mozambique, Mali, Ghana, Niger, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi and Zambia. To improve the formulation and implementation of policy reforms through evidence based policy research and advocacy, AGRA launched 19 Policy Action Nodes.
2011
AGRA commits US$ 53.92 million in grants to partners, including research and learning institutions, small enterprises, NGOs and investment in priority one countries – Ghana, Mali, Mozambique and Tanzania.
2010
AGRA raises US$ 69 million from new donors beyond the founding partners including -DANIDA, IDRC, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Venture Capital for Africa. The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is launched to identify and unite key decision makers around concrete action steps needed to achieve a uniquely African agricultural transformation
2009
AGRA operationalizes a new 10 year strategy focused on breadbasket areas in Ghana, Mali, Mozambique and Tanzania. This ambitious strategic approach was a transition from a legacy of independent operations to collaboration to trigger changes across the agricultural value chain.
2008
AGRA initiates 5-year Policy Strategy focusing on supporting the development and implementation of evidence-based enabling policies for Africa’s Green Revolution. Soil Health and Market Access Programs become operational with US$ 24 million and US$ 180 million respectively, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. AGRA launches into Agrifinance Initiative, lining up US$ 17 million in risk sharing funds to leverage US$ 160 million from commercial banks in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Ghana. The African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) is established as one of AGRA’s special partnerships to promote private sector investments
2007
AGRA launches a US$180 million Soil Health Program (SHP) with the ambitious goal of regenerating 6.3 million hectares of degraded farmland over 10 years through balanced, integrated soil fertility management. Over 4 million rural households (about 24 million people) were projected to benefit from this effort.
2006
Ten years ago, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation, funded the creation of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). AGRA was set up to work with various partners to bring about a uniquely African Green Revolution to unleash the continent’s agricultural potential. Since inception, AGRA has focused on improving access to inputs, chiefly high quality seeds and properly formulated fertilizers—mineral and organic—that are the foundation of a successful farm.

AGRA’s 2017 - 2021 Strategy

AGRA’s strategic approach is based on a rigorous strategy development and country planning process undertaken in consultation with partners to design a highly relevant and pragmatic approach to catalyzing an inclusive agriculture transformation.

AGRA’s definition of and approach to agriculture transformation is strongly aligned to well-researche and commonly held theories advanced by leading experts, draws from AGRA’s 10-year on-the-ground experience working to catalyze an agricultural transformation, and crafted with support from strategy experts and benefits from validation by country stakeholders and continental experts.

30 MILLION households

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30 MILLION households

AGRA’s 2017-2021 strategy builds on both the accomplishments and the lessons of the past decade to deliver sweeping results for Africa’s smallholder farmers. AGRA’s plan is ambitious: to contribute to doubling the yields and incomes of 30 million targeted smallholder households in targeted countries. That’s a significant number in itself, but the indirect impact will be much larger. By showing the possibilities of a farmer smallholder centered, African-led, partnership-driven African agriculture, AGRA will help catalyze investments that reach hundreds of millions of people.

11 Countries

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11 Countries

AGRA will support initially 11 African countries (and others - based on readiness for transformation through a catalytic fund) on a pathway to create and sustain agricultural transformation. The investment will empower AGRA to work through an ecosystem of public and private partners to work with government and private sector to overcome bottlenecks and unlock transformation. As part of this effort, AGRA will work to generate evidence and follow up with targeted technical planning and coordination support to government.

Transformation Agenda

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Transformation Agenda

AGRA’s overall goal is to catalyze and sustain an Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa to increase incomes and improve food security. For 9 million households, this will be done through the direct action of AGRA, grantees, and partners to increase productivity and access to markets and finance in countries where it is seeking to catalyze an agricultural transformation. AGRA wants will help smallholder farmers adopt an integrated package of technologies-improved seeds, fertilizers, and agronomic practices that have the capability to close the yield gap among key staple crops, and consequently enable smallholder

Private Sector Agenda

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Private sector focus

For 21 million households, this will be done indirectly by AGRA working through partnerships and support to government, other partners and by investing in mechanisms that unlock the engagement and power of private sector. This investment will further enhance productivity gains, access to markets and finance in a few countries where an agricultural transformation is already under way, but needs to be sustained.

CAADP Centric

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CAADP Centric

AGRA’s goal and objectives are well aligned with the CAADP objective of agriculture led economic development, inclusive agriculture growth and strengthened system capacity to deliver results, as well as, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) vision for poverty eradication, food security, inclusive and sustainable growth and resilience to climate change. AGRA’s objectives are well aligned to individual country objectives.