An innovative African initiative to strengthen food systems while combating Ebola
NAIROBI (15 November, 2014) — Thousands of smallholder farmers in Liberia are set to benefit from an innovative seed distribution initiative that seeks to combine food security and Ebola containment strategies in Liberia.
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) held high-level discussions in Abidjan on Thursday, November 20 with a view to addressing challenges faced by Africa’s smallholder farmers.
Both institutions have agreed to strengthen their cooperation to speed up Africa’s agriculture transformation.
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is an African-led alliance focused on putting farmers at the center of our continent’s growing economy. AGRA advances uniquely African solutions to sustainably raise farmers’ productivity and connect them to a growing marketplace. Together with its partners—including researchers, donors, African governments, the private sector, and civil society—AGRA seeks to create an environment where Africa feeds itself.
The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) focuses on bringing together African leaders, policy makers, development specialists, scientists, and representatives of agribusinesses and farmers’ organizations to discuss feeding Africa through the potential wealth of its own agricultural land. The discussions are mainly centered on promoting investments, public – private opportunities and policy support for driving agricultural productivity and income growth for African farmers in an environmentally sustainable way.