Sustainable Food Systems: The Remedy
Increasing food production in Africa without safeguards has led to environmental harm due to over-reliance on land expansion, endangering ecosystems. In 2022, discussions centered on sustainable food system solutions, emphasizing the protection of non-renewable resources and adoption of eco-friendly technologies. Additionally, policy alignment was recognized as vital for effective transformation, given the interconnectivity of food systems and the need for integrated, climate-resilient approaches.
From a “Green Revolution” to sustainable food systems
AGRA has evolved its focus towards strengthening Africa's food systems, impacted by multiple crises like climate change and global conflicts. As a result, "AGRA" has transitioned from an acronym to a standalone name, representing a call for sustainable food systems. This change emphasizes AGRA's commitment to long-term sustainability and deep partnerships.
Building sustainable, inclusive, and resilient food systems Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR)
AGRA and partners produced the Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) to offer insights into megatrends aiding national recovery efforts. The 2022 AASR, themed "Accelerating African Food Systems Transformation," focuses on assisting countries in developing holistic food system transformation strategies. This report promotes multi-stakeholder collaboration and resource mobilization.
AGRA's long-term investments have informed a strategy utilizing two key assets: the Center of Excellence for Seed Systems in Africa (CESSA) and the Seed Systems Assessment Tool (SeedSAT). These tools aim to comprehensively support governments and guide the private sector, facilitating transformative national seed system investment plans.
The Center of Excellence for Seed Systems in Africa (CESSA)
The Center of Excellence for Seed Systems in Africa (CESSA) began operations in 2022, supporting governments and partners in developing resilient seed systems. CESSA focuses on strengthening the seed value chain, including variety development, quality assurance, and policy frameworks. Their guidance aids countries in strategic seed planning, budget allocation, and directs investment towards critical components.
Seed Systems Assessment Tool (SeedSAT), the diagnostic tool for seed systems
AGRA's flagship program, SeedSAT, assesses the health of national seed systems and has been implemented in several African countries. It provides governments with detailed reports highlighting gaps and offers recommendations. SeedSAT aids in strategy formulation, plan design, and resource mobilization for effective planning.