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Stories from the field

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...

Ethiopian farmers adopt hybrid maize

In the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNP), one of the nine ethnic divisions (kililoch) of Ethiopia, Wulchafo Surage, is busy constructing a granary for the first time in his compound in anticipation of a bumper harvest. The 44-year-old father of 5 is one of a few smallholder...

Sustaining smallholder farmers in Mozambique

Emilia Abibo Savaio started her small agrodealer business in 2005 in the backyard of her home in Sussundenga, near the city of Chimoio, Mozambique. Savaio found herself closing the business periodically, due to the ebb and flow of the agricultural cycle. Her busiest time came during the planting season,...

A rice-powered Green Revolution in Burkina Faso

In a country with an annual rice consumption of 52,000 tons, it is no wonder that rice is prized as both a food and cash crop, and is grown by more than 100,000 smallholders in Burkina Faso. The government has prioritized rice production with the ambitious goal of quadrupling...

Seeding the Malian countryside

Madam Coulibaly already had good business skills and experience building farmer organizations when she created Faso Kaba, a private seed company in Mali that is supported by AGRA. In establishing Faso Kaba, her goal was to help fill the large unmet demand among farmers for good varieties of local...

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

Fighting MLN from all fronts

Five years since it was first reported in Bomet County, scientists researching on the Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) are upbeat on the initial achievements made in the fight against the disease, and are about to announce a major breakthrough. And for the first time since work started MLN interventions...

Tanzanian government and AGRA to collaborate to grow agribusiness in the country

Farmers in Tanzania are set to benefit, after the Government of Tanzania and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) signed a new agreement to strengthen their partnership in transforming the country’s agricultural sector. Under the new agreement, AGRA and the Tanzania Government will jointly identify and...

AGRA funded plant breeders program at Makerere

Makerere University has launched an AGRA funded program worth USD 2.6 million towards training of Plant Breeders for Uganda and other countries. The new project dubbed, “ The Improved Masters Project In Caltivar Development (IMCDA)” funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is coordinated by...

Overcoming barriers to farm inputs

World fertilizer use is expected to grow annually by 1.8 per cent until 2018. Over the same period,  the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO),  is forecasting demand for nitrogen fertilizers to grow at 4.6 per cent per year, in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the fastest for anywhere in the...