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Stories from the field

Kenyan seed entrepreneur wins prestigious award

Kenyan agribusiness entrepreneur Captain (Rtd) James Gichanga Karanja was recently awarded the 2015 African Agribusiness Entrepreneur Award at a high profile event held in Somerset West, South Africa. The Award, which is given annually by Market Matters Inc., recognises entrepreneurs who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in value-added agricultural innovations...

Improved seed varieties wet appetite for farming

From a variety of crops on his two-acre piece of land, a healthy maize crop forms part of Joseph Mulei’s pride as a retired civil servant-turned-farmer. It is a testimony of a man succeeding in modern farming despite his advanced age. Mulei, who hails from Kasinga village in Machakos...

Big win for sorghum farmers

The Kenyan Government’s decision to impose a 50 per cent levy on the sale of sorghum-based beer saw the country’s sorghum market collapse, resulting in farmers struggling to find alternative markets for the once profitable crop. Often the first things that come to mind when people talk about the...

How Banana farming is fighting poverty in Kenya

By Sylvia Mwichuli-Mundasia and Jayne Rose Gacheri A vibrant relationship binds the counties of Meru, Embu, Kirinyaga and Murang’a – that of being Tissue Culture Banana (TCB) farmers and being affiliated to the Banana Growers Association of Kenya (BGAK), an umbrella body that oversees the interests of banana farmers...

Contributing to Niger's national agriculture agenda

Alheri Seed Company is one of several seed companies in Niger that are supported in various ways by AGRA. It is located at Dongondoutchi in the Dosso District of the western part of country. The company was a minor start-up back in 2005, and grown into one of the...

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.

Our video stories

Investing in the next Generation of Plant Breeders

Investing in the Next Generation of Plant Breeders is an AGRA Production that documents the work of AGRA in Capacity Building. This edition is centered on AGRA's training of Next Generation Afric...

Reviving Africa's Ailing Soils

Reviving Africa's Ailing Soils is a film that features AGRA's endevours that focus on helping smallholder farmers acquire skills and inputs they need to revive their lands, boost their yield...

AGRA Story: The March Towards a Green Revolution in 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 farmer...

AGRA news

AGRA at the #FFD3

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which gathered high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government, and Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, as well as all relevant institutional stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and business sector entities concluded on the 16 July 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia....

Realizing the potential for high returns from agriculture

Over the last decade, African economies have grown faster than any others in the world. But most of this growth has occurred outside of agriculture, even though agriculture employs one half to two-thirds of the population. This fact more than any other explains why Africa’s economic expansion has failed...

AGRA Builds Stronger Links with Mozambique and Tanzania Governments

AGRA recently signed Memoranda of Understanding with the governments of Mozambique and Tanzania as part of its efforts to build stronger relationships in transforming African agriculture. These agreements formalize AGRA’s relationship with these governments and spell out agricultural priorities to be pursued with AGRA’s support. According to AGRA President,...

Why agriculture needs the private sector

By Agnes Kalibata. I spoke last week at EU Development Days in Brussels about the need to bridge the gap between the private sector and farmers. What do I mean by this? I recently returned from a trip to visit several African countries. And those meetings left me extraordinarily...