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What we do

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.

 

Seeking Fertile Ground for a Green Revolution in Africa

AGRA Soil Scientist

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2008, keenly aware that soil health is essential to solving the region’s food and economic challenges, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, established the Soil Health Program (SHP). The program is now a core component of AGRA’s efforts to transform production on smallholder farms across the continent.

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Planting the Seeds of a
Green Revolution in Africa

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

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