Shared Success

AGRA@10: Shared Success

10 Years of AGRA's Shared Success

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.

The Shared Success photography collection offered a genuine insight into the diverse range of farming communities and institutions that have been supported by AGRA and Rockefeller Foundation over the past decade. The collection captures the triumphs  of men, women and communities that have benefitted from the steady transformation taking place in Africa’s agricultural sector.

Ten years ago, The Rockefeller Foundation and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, funded the creation of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to deliver a uniquely African Green Revolution.

During the past decade, AGRA has strengthened Africa’s agriculture sector, improving the lives of millions of smallholder farmers and growing economies in over 18 African countries. AGRA works to integrate, seeds, soil management, financial services, post-harvest management, and market access to transform agriculture on the continent.

Today, across Africa, significant milestones are being achieved on the millions of small family farms that are Africa’s main source of food, employment, and income.

For its 10th Anniversary, AGRA in partnership with Rockefeller Foundation hosted a standing exhibition - a unique anthology of photographs capturing moments in the 10 year journey towards

Africa’s agricultural transformation. The exhibition, dubbed - Shared Success offered real insights into the continent’s diverse range of farming communities and institutions supported by both AGRA and Rockefeller Foundation and captured in a moment their stories, struggles and triumphs.

The photo exhibition depicted AGRA’s impact on the continent and its people, with a focus on five areas of accomplishment: reducing food waste and spoilage; farmer training; seed production; improved market access and innovation.

Captured by photographer Kate Holt and her team comprising: Mwangi Kirubi, Karel Prinsloo and Sam Wolson, they offered a vision of transformation, hope, and the promise of resilience and continued progress for farmers and for food security in the next decade and beyond as communities seize
this unique moment to secure Africa’s rise through agricultural transformation.