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From a variety of crops on his two-acre piece of land, a healthy maize crop forms part of Joseph Mulei’s pride as a retired civil servant-turned-farmer. It is a testimony of a man succeeding in modern farming despite his advanced age. Mulei, who hails from Kasinga village in Machakos...
The Kenyan Government’s decision to impose a 50 per cent levy on the sale of sorghum-based beer saw the country’s sorghum market collapse, resulting in farmers struggling to find alternative markets for the once profitable crop. Often the first things that come to mind when people talk about the...
By Sylvia Mwichuli-Mundasia and Jayne Rose Gacheri A vibrant relationship binds the counties of Meru, Embu, Kirinyaga and Murang’a – that of being Tissue Culture Banana (TCB) farmers and being affiliated to the Banana Growers Association of Kenya (BGAK), an umbrella body that oversees the interests of banana farmers...
Alheri Seed Company is one of several seed companies in Niger that are supported in various ways by AGRA. It is located at Dongondoutchi in the Dosso District of the western part of country. The company was a minor start-up back in 2005, and grown into one of the...
In the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNP), one of the nine ethnic divisions (kililoch) of Ethiopia, Wulchafo Surage, is busy constructing a granary for the first time in his compound in anticipation of a bumper harvest. The 44-year-old father of 5 is one of a few smallholder...
Africa is facing a shortage of quality seeds. Poor seed combined with climate change is exacerbating the already critical food shortage in sub-Saharan Africa.
Africa‘s soils are among the most degraded in the world, and steps must be taken to increase fertility and encourage the use of better agronomic practices.
African smallholder farmers have limited access to local and regional markets, reducing their ability to sell their produce. This limits smallholder incomes and food security in general.
Policy and regulatory bottlenecks hamper the adoption of new technologies by smallholder farmers and discourage investment by other value chain actors. Much must be done to create better enabling policy environments.
Smallholder farmers must band together in increasing numbers to increase their negotiating power in purchasing inputs and selling their produce.
Smallholder farmers must have access to more affordable credit if they are to improve yields, protect soil resources, and expand their businesses.
Investing in the Next Generation of Plant Breeders is an AGRA Production that documents the work of AGRA in Capacity Building. This edition is centered on AGRA's training of Next Generation Afric...
Reviving Africa's Ailing Soils is a film that features AGRA's endevours that focus on helping smallholder farmers acquire skills and inputs they need to revive their lands, boost their yield...
AGRA exists to fulfill the vision that Africa can feed itself and the world. Investing in agriculture is the surest path to reducing poverty and hunger in Africa. Despite the challenges African farmer...
AGRA recently signed Memoranda of Understanding with the governments of Mozambique and Tanzania as part of its efforts to build stronger relationships in transforming African agriculture. These agreements formalize AGRA’s relationship with these governments and spell out agricultural priorities to be pursued with AGRA’s support. According to AGRA President,...
By Agnes Kalibata. I spoke last week at EU Development Days in Brussels about the need to bridge the gap between the private sector and farmers. What do I mean by this? I recently returned from a trip to visit several African countries. And those meetings left me extraordinarily...
Agricultural Economist and Food Policy Expert Dr. Joachim von Braun Joins AGRA Board NAIROBI, KENYA (8 June 2015)—Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Chair of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), announced today that Dr. Joachim von Braun, an economist and food policy expert known worldwide for his commitment...
By Marshall Matz Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. In a surprise upset, Dr. Akinwumi (Akin) Adesina was elected to be the next President of the African Development Bank (ADB), defeating seven rivals in six rounds of voting. Adesina holds a PhD in agriculture economics from Purdue and has been...
AGRA Chairman Strive Masiyiwa was the keynote luncheon speaker at the World Food Prize in Iowa yesterday. Speaking to over 1,000 people in attendance from around the world he held the crowd spellbound with a comparison ...read more.
For more than three decades, I have advocated for the African woman smallholder farmer. The farmers of the future may not be small, and are not necessarily only women. That is why starting early to mentor and empower young people with knowledge is important.
MICRO REFORMS FOR AFRICAN AGRIBUSINESS (MIRA)
An Assessment of Agricultural Policy and Regulatory Constraints to Agribusiness Investment
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