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Stories from the field

How The Anchor Farm Model Helps Farmers Double Maize and Soybean Yields in Malawi

Implemented by the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI), the anchor farm model uses an anchor farm – a large commercial farm – as a hub to bring surrounding farmers together, giving farmers access to knowledge, markets and other services, helping them to increase their crop yields and farm incomes. Join...

Unlocking the potential of smallholder farmers

The Babban Gona agricultural franchise model isunlocking the potential of grassroots organisations in Northern Nigeria, and with it tranforming the lives of smallholder farmers. Meaning 'Great Farm' in Hausa, Babban Gona works to provide farmer organisations the two characteristics they lack: formal financial and business skills; and economies of...

How Input Kiosks Bridge Distance in Parts of Burkina Faso

Smallholder farmers in the Boucle du Mouhoun, Cascades, and Sud-Ouest regions of Burkina Faso do not need to travel long distances any more to purchase improved seeds. FAGRI, a seed company funded by AGRA, has found an innovative way of reaching thousands of them with quality improved seeds of...

Technology from India transforming lives in Senegal and Africa at large

Ousmane Balde, 35, from Kolda in southern Senegal recalls his neighbors laughing: “How can you be farming with that toy?” when they saw him planting this year’s rice crop with the direct paddy seeder. Culturally, standing out is seen as undesirable, however, after seeing the initial results his ‘toy’...

Seeds of success in Ghana

Mohammed Sabtuwo does not just want to talk about how agriculture has changed his life; he wants to show us. Before we know it, he is up from his seat and whisking us away to his house, a sense of urgency in every step. On the way, he points...

From artisan to entrepreneur

One woman’s story of going from a tailor to agribusiness entrepreneur When you first meet Beatrice Nkatha Munyi (Nkatha), it is hard to imagine how far she has come. The knowledge and passion for agriculture she shows when someone comes into her shop in Mukothima, about 300 kilometers northeast...

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Stories about Food Security

Reducing Post-Harvest Losses

AGRA supports training and provision of equipment Perennial fears of losing great amounts of produce and revenue − due to post-harvest losses ─ are gradually becoming a thing of the past among farmers in the Ziro province of Burkina Faso. Farmer organizations are receiving training and equipment to provide...

Successful technologies scale-out in the Volta Region

For several years, farmers’ yields in cassava, maize, and cowpea in parts of the Volta region in Ghana have been very low. This was attributed, largely, to the ‘slash and burn’ practices and the lack of fertilizer use in the production system adopted by most farmers in some districts...

U.S contribution to Africa's agriculture transformation

By Dr Agnes Kalibata Agriculture is one of the most important sectors in African Economies given it’s contribution to GDP and the fact that 50-85% of the population in African countries are small holder farmers relying on it for their livelihoods. To try to drive economic transformation without these...

Harvesting the Economic Potential of Africa’s Youth

By Dr Agnes Kalibata. This week hundreds of agriculture experts from the public and private sector will converge on Lusaka, Zambia for the 2015 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF).  A key priority of this year’s meeting is to move aggressively to incorporate Africa’s soaring youth population—the 226 million people...

African smallholders responding to an uncertain climate future

Click here to download The new Montpellier Panel report ‘The Farms of Change: African Smallholders Responding to an Uncertain Climate Future’  was presented by Agriculture for Impact on Friday 25th September 2015, ahead of Climate Week in New York. Africa is already battling against the impacts of climate change. Mean temperatures in...

Our video stories

Going beyond Soils; transforming the agribusiness value chain from the ground up.

In Northern Tanzania, AGRA has gone beyond soils. A Kilogram of pigeon pea is now going for Tsh 2000. In this documentary, we document these successes, which are a true testimony of how research insti...

AECF benefits agribusiness in Zimbabwe

This is a wonderful story about a Zimbabwean farmer with a big vision, a newly married farming couple, a remarkable 70 year grandmother who has adopted 11 orphans, and an enterprise challenge fund tha...

Empowering African youth so that we do not fail the future

We had a chat with Dr Yemi Akinbamijo - Executive director Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) on the sidelines of the just concluded Youth in Agriculture Summit for Southern Africa.

AGRA news

AGRA’s Head of Policy, Boaz Blackie Keizire, announced as a 2016 New Voices Fellow

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) congratulates its Head of Policy and Advocacy, Boaz Keizire, on being announced as one of the Aspen Institute’s 2016 New Voices Fellows. The New Voices Fellows is an initiative by the Aspen Institute that aims to increase the number of...

Cassava market linkages: A glimmer of hope for cassava farmers in Malawi

Visit a farm in Malawi and chances are that you will find at least one cassava plant. Renowned for its ability to give yields even in the toughest of conditions, cassava is a core source of nutrients for millions of Malawians. However, lack of good markets means cassava is...

AGRA Joins Public-Private Partnership to Develop New Income Opportunities for African Farmers

DAVOS, 21 January 2016—Yesterday in Davos, Switzerland, a consortium of leading public and private sector organizations formally announced a new initiative, the Patient Procurement Platform, to unlock income opportunities for smallholder farmers in the developing world. Consortium members who signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Davos yesterday included AGRA, Bayer,...

Priority Areas for Increasing Africa’s Rice Production

Half of the rice consumed in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is imported, and with Africa’s population continuing to grow; experts say rice production will need to dramatically increase if the continent is to keep up with the rapidly growing demand. Since 2007, rice production in Africa has increased by almost...