- NEW DIRECTION
- 2022 REVIEW
- WAY FORWARD
In May 2022, Kaduna State, led by Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, approved and funded the BAGS program aimed at boosting smallholder farmer productivity and market access. The program, supported by over USD 20 Million in funding, integrates digital platforms and focuses on value chain improvements for crops like maize, soya, and ginger.
Malawi's 10-year program aims to empower women and youth in agriculture, enhancing value chains and creating business linkages, with significant governmental and private sector backing, including digital hubs for youth.
Tanzania's Agro-industrialization Flagship aims for economic transformation, targeting 32.2M people by 2025 with a $320M seed investment, expected to leverage $2.67B in private sector funding and create 1M jobs.
AGRA backs Burkina Faso's initiative to provide balanced meals for schoolchildren, integrating local production to boost producer income and enhance school canteen quality. The collaboration has seen growth and improved governance in 2022.
AGRA aided the National Rice Flagship Program by refining its implementation and conducting feasibility studies on local rice production and its potential to replace imports.
In Ghana, AGRA and IFC partnered to digitise TCDA's value chain and develop a strategic plan, enhancing TCDA's operational effectiveness and competitiveness analysis.
AGRA collaborated with TAPBDS to support Tanzanian agrifood SMEs upon PO-RALG's request. The government set a framework to enhance the local government loan fund's impact. AGRA developed suitable financial products, streamlined beneficiary selection, and boosted SME business capacities.
AGRA implemented tools and initiatives to bolster non-state actors in holding governments accountable, including a web tool for tracking investments and a database for sunflower oil companies. Technical support was provided to Tanzania's Ministry of Agriculture, emphasizing monitoring and evaluation. Furthermore, a stakeholder mapping exercise revealed the importance of enhancing AGRA's visibility, promoting knowledge sharing, and formulating a comprehensive advocacy strategy.
The State Capability Unit (SCU) aided in the Institutional Capacity Strengthening Plan (ISCPs) in Tanzania and designed plans in four other countries through consultative processes. Technical assistance was provided for contextual tool development and review in these countries. AGRA utilized insights from ICSPs for country assessments and strategy development.
AGRA's Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture (CALA) advanced its leadership program for 80 leaders across eight countries, offering coaching, virtual learning labs, and case studies. Sixteen Action Learning Projects were launched, with ten receiving seed funding, and CALA hosted a virtual Leadership Forum on environmental sustainability. Feedback and surveys indicate the program equips leaders with practical tools, enhances collaboration, and positively impacts strategic initiatives across sectors.
In 2022, AGRA partnered with entities like IFAD, BMGF, and McKinsey to form the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), developing initiatives in Ghana and Senegal. Together, they refined proposals, devised metrics aligned with the AATI Theory of Change, and reviewed past engagements. The AATI’s Executive Director visited both countries, gearing up for project launches in 2023.