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.
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.
New Varieties to Help Improve Rice Productivity and Income-Generation for Resource-Poor Farmers
14 February, 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The Federal Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Agriculture and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) today launched a new US$ 5 million project aimed at doubling agricultural production by smallholder farmers in the next five years.
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.
27 June 2012 - AGRA President Jane Karuku joined partners in celebrating the launch of the Kenyan African Agricultural Capital Fund (AACF). You can read her full remarks below.
Remarks – AACF launch, Serena Hotel, Nairobi– 27 June 2012 – 8:00-10:30
Ladies and gentleman, I am very pleased to be able to join you today for the Kenyan launch of the African Agricultural Capital Fund (AACF) and I would like to thank Pearl Capital for the invitation to speak to you this morning.
8 June 2012 - By the African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) and the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI)
Africa needs a critical mass of scientists trained in plant breeding, with conventional and molecular expertise to develop resilient and climate-smart varieties needed for food security, sustainability and economic development. These scientists must be committed to working in national breeding programmes in their home countries. The lack of plant breeders with such skills in Africa is well documented.
Nairobi, Kenya (31 May 2012) – The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Kenya seeking to scale up access to agricultural financing in the country. The Programme for Rural Outreach of Financial Innovations and Technologies (PROFIT) is a six-year development program whose goal is to contribute to the reduction of rural poverty in Kenya.
Peasant farmers who were used to a few sacks of yields from over cultivated lands turn to Kari to change their fortunes.
With a smile on his face, a sickle in his hand and a possible bounty harvest in the offing, Joseph Onyango savours the success of his hard work. Helped by his wife and two children, he whistles as he gathers sack after sack of healthy looking maize .
A few years back, however, Onyango was a distraught man, watching his half-hectare farm in Got Nanga, Ugenya, in Siaya County return poor harvest year after year.
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.
La gestion durable du sol, l'accès amélioré au marché et les distributeurs d'intrants villageois considérés comme des agents clés dans l'amélioration de la sécurité alimentaire au Burkina Faso, au Mali et au Niger
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (1er décembre 2009) - Les paysans des régions arides de l'Afrique de l'ouest ont, pendant longtemps, lutté contre le climat rigoureux et les sols appauvris. A présent un programme de 8,9 millions de dollars financé par l'Alliance pour une Révolution Verte en Afrique (AGRA) et exécutés à travers des partenariats dans trois pays …