Panel discussion (from left to right): Elizabeth Nsimadala, President of the East African Farmers Federation; Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Development Ministry; Agnes Kalibata, AGRA President; Stefan Liebing, Chairman of the German-African Business Association.
Photo: GIZ/Schulze

31.12.2018

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The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has announced in its strategy for 2017–2021 to “support 30 million smallholder farm households in eleven countries to increase their incomes and improve their food security”. At its annual Board Meeting in the beginning of December 2018, the members discussed strategies for growth and productivity in Africa with representatives of German politics and industry.

The call for a “uniquely African green revolution” by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan resulted in the founding of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in 2006. This year’s Board Meeting of the organisation was held in Berlin/Germany. At the invitation of Germany’s Development Ministry, the Board Members discussed the potentials of Africa’s rural areas and options to raise them with representatives from politics and business. One aim was to attract investments to the continent.

Strive Masiyiwa, an entrepreneur from Zimbabwe and Agra Board Chair, reminded the meeting of two convictions held by Annan that reflected the work of AGRA: the fact that “the hoe belongs to the middle ages” and the need to overcome high youth unemployment on the continent in order to prevent the emergence of an entire generation of economic migrants. These were demands that were also referred to by Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Development Ministry, as cornerstones of German development co-operation for the transformation of African agriculture.

“Profit must be generated locally”

Young African farmers saw themselves as entrepreneurs and needed good training, financing, mechanisation and smart farming solutions, Flachsbarth stressed.

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