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Stories from the field

Seeding the Malian countryside

Madam Coulibaly already had good business skills and experience building farmer organizations when she created Faso Kaba, a private seed company in Mali that is supported by AGRA. In establishing Faso Kaba, her goal was to help fill the large unmet demand among farmers for good varieties of local...

Aggregating their way out of poverty

In Gaa, a major grain-growing center in Ghana’s Northern Region, stands an imposing 200-ton capacity grain warehouse that is transforming the lives of smallholder farmers. Three years ago, the once-dilapidated structure was renovated with funds from AGRA provided to the Ghana Grains Council to implement the “Ghana Warehouse Receipt...

Kilimo Biashara makes sense to me..

Elizabeth Wanjiru understands poverty only too well.  The smallholder farmer from Bura in Tana River County had resigned herself to gathering the pods of the Prosopis juliflora plant, locally known as ‘Mathenge’ and animal bones into sacks to sell to brokers for animal feed. “At this point I was...

I wasn't always a farmer

From guard to exemplary farming entrepreneur Daniel Mwithali is a successful farmer in Bura who came upon his fortunes in a rather serendipitous way.  “I used to guard the compound of the National Irrigation Board in Bura, but my interactions with the technical officers and farmers coming in and...

Turning their backs on food aid

Mr Idle Musa Yakub is the first to admit that he wasn’t always a farmer.  He and his family roamed the vast Tana River and neighboring Garissa Counties with their herds of cattle, camels, goats and sheep always in search of pastures and water. The memory of repeated drought...

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.

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AGRA funded plant breeders program at Makerere

Makerere University has launched an AGRA funded program worth USD 2.6 million towards training of Plant Breeders for Uganda and other countries. The new project dubbed, “ The Improved Masters Project In Caltivar Development (IMCDA)” funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is coordinated by...

Overcoming barriers to farm inputs

World fertilizer use is expected to grow annually by 1.8 per cent until 2018. Over the same period,  the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO),  is forecasting demand for nitrogen fertilizers to grow at 4.6 per cent per year, in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the fastest for anywhere in the...

President Mahama meets AGRA board

"We've targeted rice as a crop for which we want to increase production to feed ourselves and for export." – President John Mahama, Ghana. Ghana’s rice import bill of about $500 million annually saw a reduction of about $200 million last year. The development was the result of effective...