Working for a food secure and prosperous 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 farmers face today - poor soils, degraded soils, unreliable water supplies, poor access to markets, insufficient access to finance and credit and too little government support - Africa‘s smallholder farmers produce most of Africa‘s food.
Africa is blessed with unique regions characterized by good soils, adequate rainfall, basic infrastructure and large numbers of smallholder farmers.
These are Africa‘s breadbasket areas where there exists tremendous potential to increase farmer productivity as well as implement ideas and solutions that if successful could be scaled up in other countries.
The story of AGRA
Where we work
AGRA‘s work is focused on catalyzing public and private partnerships to effectively concentrate investment in the breadbasket regions of four main countries - Ghana, Mali, Mozambique and Tanzania in order to achieve breakthrough agricultural production.
Other areas where AGRA works are South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso
AGRA works across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger. Its programs develop practical solutions to significantly boost farm productivity and incomes for the poor while safeguarding the environment.
AGRA advocates for policies that support its work across all key aspects of the African agricultural "value chain"- from seeds, soil health, and water to markets and agricultural education.
AGRA was founded in 2006 through a partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
By 2020 AGRA strives to:
- Reduce food insecurity by 50 percent in at least 20 countries.
- Double the incomes of 20 million smallholder families.
- Put 15 countries on track to attain and sustain a Green Revolution.
AGRA was singularly recognized as an effective public-private partnership for improving smallholder farming in the G8 in the years 2008 and 2009.
Read more about our Strategy for a Green Revolution.