Smallholder farmers – the majority of them women – provide most of Africa’s food, typically with few resources and little government support. Hoping to help empower smallholder farmers and lift them out of poverty and hunger, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) – an organization chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan – works across Africa to support food security and prosperity by transforming smallholder farming into a productive, sustainable and competitive system, all while protecting the environment.
In partnership with African governments, farmers’ organizations, research scientists, the private sector, civil society and multilateral organizations, AGRA works with farmers to improve soil, test and improve crop varieties, encourage use of underutilized seeds, and collect and conserve crop biodiversity. It works with communities to involve and train youth in agriculture, and gives farmers access to healthy seeds, soils, markets and education, and advice on climate-change adaptation, financing, storage and transport.
The aim is ambitious: to reduce food insecurity by half in at least 20 countries, double the incomes of 20 million families, and put at least 15 countries on track to attain and sustain a home-grown, African-led African Green Revolution by 2020.