Africa’s farmers urgently need climate-proof investment for food security
Africa’s farmers urgently need climate-proof investment for food security

The world is letting down Africa’s smallholder farmers – and governments across the globe urgently need to more than double their spend on helping them adapt to the brutal daily realities of a climate that is already changing. Small-scale farmers, herders and fisher-folk, who produce the majority of the world’s food, are living with increasingly

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Agricultural technologies enable farmers to shift the business of agriculture from subsistence to profit

For smallholder farmers in Kaduna State, Nigeria the new currency is knowledge, and it is changing the business of local agriculture.  The 270,000 farmers enrolled in the AGRA-supported project to upscale the maize, rice and soybean value chains can now peg their livelihoods to markets rather than subsistence. The Kaduna Maize-Rice-Soybean Consortium is amongst the

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US$5m SIPMA project to benefit 143,000 smallholder farmers
US$5m SIPMA project to benefit 143,000 smallholder farmers

About 143,000 smallholder maize and soybean farmers are expected to benefit from a social intervention project – ‘Smallholder Inclusive Productivity and Market Access’ (SIPMA) – aimed at improving food security and livelihoods. The US$5million project will support development of the maize and soybean value chains including input mobilisation, extension services, and access to finance, crop

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Farmers are smart and want to become businessmen
Farmers are smart and want to become businessmen

From the lab to the masses: Maria Andrade bred varieties of biofortified sweet potatoes which are now widely used all over the continent. She sets her hope on the transformation of African agriculture. Dr. Andrade, you are wearing an orange dress today. Are you marketing sweet potatoes? Maria Andrade: Of course, we are on a

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Seed System Development multiplies staple crop productivity for smallholder farmers in Nigeria 
Seed System Development multiplies staple crop productivity for smallholder farmers in Nigeria 

Assisting smallholder farmers to confront the constraints to food crop production and the emerging threats brought on by climate change calls for experience, expertise and the strength of partnerships to scale up the delivery and adoption of improved seed and fertilizers. AGRA supports both public and private sector partners to develop the systems capable of

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Beyond the Bumper Harvest:  Kaduna’s farmers embrace business with a difference
Beyond the Bumper Harvest: Kaduna’s farmers embrace business with a difference

Increasing food security and income levels for 30 million smallholder African farm households calls for doing business differently.  Africa’s agricultural transformation requires a deliberate focus on a market-driven business agenda beyond agricultural production, that encompasses the entire food system. The Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA), an initiative of AGRA, USAID, Rockefeller Foundation

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Nigeria: Targeted Investments Support Market Entry for Women Rice Processors in Kaduna State
Nigeria: Targeted Investments Support Market Entry for Women Rice Processors in Kaduna State

The potential for agricultural development and transformation in Nigeria is immense with targeted investments in specific value chains. Under supportive conditions, a clear policy framework catalyzes private sector investments, supports smallholder farmers, and builds a coalition with civil society and development partners. Although Nigeria is the world’s largest cassava producer, the West African nation is

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Open for Business:  Nigeria Tackles Youth Unemployment through SME and Agribusiness Development
Open for Business: Nigeria Tackles Youth Unemployment through SME and Agribusiness Development

That youth and women are an essential component in Africa’ agricultural transformation is no longer debatable. Although they form the majority among poor, rural smallholder farmers, they hold the key to ending hunger and poverty. In Kaduna State, Nigeria, 250 youth drawn from six Local Government Areas (LGAs) across the state recently underwent training in

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Closing the gender gap in agriculture can improve productivity by 30%
Closing the gender gap in agriculture can improve productivity by 30%

When you move into gender people ask you what’s the business case, why does it matter? The truth is, for a long time gender equality has been viewed as just a human rights imperative, but latterly women’s contribution to the global economy has been under scrutiny. In 2015 the McKinsey Global Institute came out with

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A Tale of Two Tractors…and what happens when you include women
A Tale of Two Tractors…and what happens when you include women

More than three quarters of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa prepare their fields using back-breaking, antiquated hand hoes. According to Josefa Sacko Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission (AUC) “eliminating hunger and malnutrition in Africa by 2025 will be no more than a mirage unless mechanisation is accorded utmost importance.” For

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