AGRA works to achieve a food secure and prosperous Africa through the promotion of rapid, sustainable agricultural growth based on smallholder farmers.
To trigger a uniquely African Green Revolution that will transform African agriculture into a highly productive, efficient, competitive and sustainable system that assures food security and lifts millions out of poverty.
To unleash the potential of smallholder farmers, AGRA’s integrated programs work to:
1. Develop and disseminate high-quality, locally adapted varieties of Africa’s staple food crops through support to National Agricultural Research Organizations; African crop breeding networks; emerging seed companies and farmers’ cooperatives; and through close collaboration and partnerships with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR);
2. Enhance soil health through improving soil testing and mapping; increasing the availability of fertilizers, both organic and inorganic; and training farmers’ associations and extension services in new technologies, including sustainable agricultural land use practices and water management;
3. Accelerate smallholders’ access to good seeds and appropriate fertilizers through expanding national networks of rural agro-dealers who reach remote smallholder farmers;
Improve access to finance for smallholder farmers, agro-dealers and agricultural businesses in African countries, working with local commercial banks to unlock financing through market-based and affordable loans;
4. Improve smallholders’ market access through linking them to market information systems and providing training in market function; building storage capacity; and supporting agro-processing operations that enable farmers to earn more for their goods;
5. Promote policies that provide comprehensive support to farmers, including policies on seeds and soil health; land and property rights to enhance land security, especially for women farmers; markets and trade to expand local and regional markets; and policy advocacy platforms that strengthen the efforts of farmers’ associations and civil society to benefit smallholder farmers;
6. Build African scientific capacity through supporting African PhD and MSc programs in crop breeding; soil science and agricultural economic policy;
7. Use a combination of internal and external audit and monitoring and ev