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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,...
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...
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...
In Gaa, a major grain-growing center in Ghana’s Northern Region, stands an imposing 200-ton capacity grain warehouse that is transforming the lives of smallholder farmers. Three years ago, the once-dilapidated structure was renovated with funds from AGRA provided to the Ghana Grains Council to implement the “Ghana Warehouse Receipt...
Elizabeth Wanjiru understands poverty only too well. The smallholder farmer from Bura in Tana River County had resigned herself to gathering the pods of the Prosopis juliflora plant, locally known as ‘Mathenge’ and animal bones into sacks to sell to brokers for animal feed. “At this point I was...
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.
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.
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 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.
Smallholder farmers must band together in increasing numbers to increase their negotiating power in purchasing inputs and selling their produce.
Smallholder farmers must have access to more affordable credit if they are to improve yields, protect soil resources, and expand their businesses.
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...
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...
Ghanaian President John Mahama recently hosted members of AGRA Board at an event held at State House in Accra. Led by Board Chair Strive Masiyiwa, the AGRA team briefed the President on AGRA’s initiatives in Ghana and assured him of the organization’s continued support. Mr. Masiyiwa informed...
AGRA Chairman Strive Masiyiwa was the keynote luncheon speaker at the World Food Prize in Iowa yesterday. Speaking to over 1,000 people in attendance from around the world he held the crowd spellbound with a comparison ...read more.
For more than three decades, I have advocated for the African woman smallholder farmer. The farmers of the future may not be small, and are not necessarily only women. That is why starting early to mentor and empower young people with knowledge is important.
MICRO REFORMS FOR AFRICAN AGRIBUSINESS (MIRA)
An Assessment of Agricultural Policy and Regulatory Constraints to Agribusiness Investment
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