Kigali: Friday September 9, 2022 – AGRA yesterday launched its new five-year strategy that helps governments tackle hunger and enhance nutrition by building resilient food systems. The need for this support is powerfully highlighted by a decade of multiple natural and manmade crises. To help articulate the evolved emphasis of the strategy, AGRA today also unveiled a refreshed branding.
AGRA’s new strategy is a response to recent global and African catastrophes including famine, COVID-19, drought, fall army worm, climate change, soaring food, fertilizer and energy prices, and the conflict in Ukraine. These events have created a truly urgent need for rapid strengthening of food systems and accelerated transformation of agriculture.
The new strategy will build on AGRA’s achievements to date, and crucially the lessons it has learned with its partners.
In the strategic period 2017-21, AGRA’s direct contributions have included:
Despite progress, Africa’s food systems urgently need further radical transformation. Many countries still struggle to achieve food security and provide diverse, nutritious choices for their populations. Supply chains that bring food to markets are often long and fragmented, leading to significant waste and higher costs for consumers. This is exacerbated by climate change and environmental degradation that threatens livelihoods, biodiversity and sustainability across much of the continent’s agricultural sector.
“We have demonstrated that when farmers have access to choices of inputs and when those inputs give a clear yield differential farmers adopt and their lives change. We have also seen that this only happens sustainably when markets are available to farmers” said AGRA’s President, Dr. Kalibata. “Our new strategy therefore will see us do more of what works for farmers and will see us trying to understand markets better. In all this we must bring more youth, more nutrition and be smarter in use of environmental resources” she added.
AGRA’s new strategy, which will run from 2023-27 and is costed at $550 million, concentrates on key areas of work from our last strategy, including seed system development, and government engagement, expands AGRA’s work in sustainable farming and markets and trade, and focuses on three critical areas of change: climate change, gender, youth and inclusion work, and transforming African diets.
Overview of focus areas and targets:
The new Strategy also speaks to the need for businesses to recognize growth opportunities and have the confidence, financing, and capabilities to serve farmers, trade produce, and process food profitably.
Government representatives, NGOs, companies, small holder farmers, traders and all those involved in the growing, processing and distribution of food in Africa gathered in Kigali this week at the annual summit of the AGRF. AGRA continues to explore new partnerships as it prepares to implement its new strategy.
“AGRA is a proudly African institution,” stated AGRA’s Board Chair, H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn. “To work sustainably and inclusively, food systems need to be built on solid foundations,” explained H.E. Dessalegn. “Together in partnership, we can transform our agriculture; protect our environment; create equitable prosperity; and feed our communities and families.”
More information here: AGRA’s Five Year Strategy: Sustainably Growing Africa’s Food Systems or https://bit.ly/3D8AGC2
Established in 2006, AGRA is an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. Together with our partners, we catalyze and sustain an inclusive agricultural transformation to increase incomes and improve food security in 11 countries.