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Stories from the field

Seeds of success in Ghana

Mohammed Sabtuwo does not just want to talk about how agriculture has changed his life; he wants to show us. Before we know it, he is up from his seat and whisking us away to his house, a sense of urgency in every step. On the way, he points...

From artisan to entrepreneur

One woman’s story of going from a tailor to agribusiness entrepreneur When you first meet Beatrice Nkatha Munyi (Nkatha), it is hard to imagine how far she has come. The knowledge and passion for agriculture she shows when someone comes into her shop in Mukothima, about 300 kilometers northeast...

Farmers triple yields from “last mile” access to inputs and advisory services

Dotted across villages in the Kirinyaga area of central Kenya are model farms comprising of healthy stands of maize, banana, pumpkin and other crops, carrying the promise of bountiful harvests. These farms are run by smallholder farmers who have benefitted from access to productivity-enhancing improved seed and other planting...

Kenyan seed entrepreneur wins prestigious award

Kenyan agribusiness entrepreneur Captain (Rtd) James Gichanga Karanja was recently awarded the 2015 African Agribusiness Entrepreneur Award at a high profile event held in Somerset West, South Africa. The Award, which is given annually by Market Matters Inc., recognises entrepreneurs who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in value-added agricultural innovations...

Improved seed varieties wet appetite for farming

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...

Seeds iconImproving Africa’s SEED systems

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.

Soil iconRevitalising Africa’s SOILS

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.

Markets iconIncreasing access to MARKETS

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 iconHelping to design better POLICIES

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.

Farmers organisations iconStrengthening FARMER ORGANIZATIONS

Smallholder farmers must band together in increasing numbers to increase their negotiating power in purchasing inputs and selling their produce.

Finance iconAgriculture FINANCE

Smallholder farmers must have access to more affordable credit if they are to improve yields, protect soil resources, and expand their businesses.

Our video stories

Investing in the next Generation of Plant Breeders

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

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 Story: The March Towards a Green Revolution in Africa

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 news

Sustaining the Training of Plant Breeders for Africa

Another set of ten PhD students graduated in Plant Breeding at the University of Ghana end of last month. This brings to 28 the total number of doctoral students trained in plant breeding at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI). The Centre currently has 53 other students...

Closing Africa’s yield gap not a pipe dream

In both his key address to Kenyans during his visit to Kenya and the AU meeting in Addis Ababa, Barack Obama, the President of the United States, emphasized that Africa was on the move – Ten of the world’s fastest growing economies are now in the continent with around...

If the youth can farm, Africa's agriculture will be transformed.

Africa is currently endowed with a large population of young people with 65% of the population of Africa being below the age of 35. These figures present an enormous opportunity that, if leveraged, could turn around the continent's food fortunes and drive its economic growth. During the just concluded...

AGRA at the #FFD3

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which gathered high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and business sector entities concluded on the 16 July 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia....