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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.
Several years ago a group of agriculture experts at the Rockefeller Foundation, frustrated by the state of agriculture development in sub-Saharan Africa, started a program with a simple mission. They wanted farmers in Africa to have something farmers elsewhere in the world take for granted: a steady supply of seed for more productive or “improved” crop varieties. This seed could help the farmers generate higher crop yields and overcome the constant barrage of plant pests, drought, and disease that are the enemies of agriculture everywhere.
Lusaka, Zambia. 27 January 2013 - Today, the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) launched a multi-partner initiative - Strengthening Agricultural Input and Output Markets in Africa (SAIOMA) - aimed at improving smallholder farmers' access to markets, in order to increase their earnings and improve their well-beings and the livelihoods of their families.
28 September 2012, Arusha — The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) announced a US$10 million grant to support the development of Africa-based innovations to boost African agricultural growth. Mr. Henrik Riby, Representative, Sida and Mrs. Jane Karuku, President of AGRA formalized the agreement this week in a signing ceremony at the African Green Revolution Forum in Arusha.
Nairobi, Kenya: Over 100 African crop breeding experts including World Food Prize laureate Gebesa Ejeta are meeting in Nairobi this week to discuss how to meet smallholder farmers' need for high performing and high impact seed varieties.
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) was given a key role in the G8’s next phase
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22, 2012/ -- The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) was given a key role in the G8’s next phase of a shared commitment to achieve global food security. The Scaling Seeds and Other Technologies Partnership, part of the new initiative focused on increasing agricultural food production in Africa, will be housed at AGRA and will focus on strengthening Africa’s seed sector.