AGRA, CropIn tap into digital technologies to boost Africa’s extension service coverage

AFRICA – CropIn, an agritech organization has partnered with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to launch a new program that seeks to increase the access to extension services by farmers in Africa. AGRA works with governments, private sector companies and other organizations to bring knowledge and extension services to farmers through the use of self-employed Village-Based Advisors (VBAs). Under the new partnership, the two parties will select and train 10,626 entrepreneurial VBAs to reach three million farmers in Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tanzania and Mozambique.…

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AGRA, Aceli partner to enhance capital flows for SMEs in agriculture sector

AFRICA – AGRA, a farmer-centred, African-led, and partnerships-driven institution, has joined hands with Aceli Africa to enhance capital flows to SMEs in the agriculture sector and support a financially inclusive agricultural transformation across Africa. Aceli Africa is a market incentive facility that offers financial incentives to mitigate risk and compensate lenders for the transaction costs of serving high-impact agricultural SMEs. The organization plans to support its 25 lending partners in mobilizing US$700 million in financing for agri-SMEs by 2025 with a focus on SMEs that are gender inclusive, improve food…

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AGRA unveils new center to train Africa’s agriculture leaders in sustainable practices

AFRICA – The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has launched a centre to provide hands-on support to African leaders in the agriculture sector, to deliver food security and inclusive economic growth. The Centre for African Leaders in Agriculture (CALA) has been established with the financial backing of the German Development Cooperation through KfW Development Bank, and in partnership with the African Management Institute (AMI) and USAID’s Policy LINK. The program targets leaders from eight countries i.e., Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Africa’s agriculture…

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AGRA fosters investment readiness of African agribusiness SMEs through launch of SME Resource Bank

AFRICA – AGRA, an alliance led by Africans with roots in farming communities across the continent has launched an online SME Resource Bank, a platform where the African agribusiness Small and Medium Enterprises can find articulated requirements to make the investment ready. The SME Resource Bank, according to AGRA is now a component of the AgriBusiness Deal Room, a matchmaking online platform convening close to 4,000 stakeholders from the entire eco-system to facilitate partnerships and investments in African agriculture. The Agribusiness Deal Room is delivered by a consortium of partners…

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Microsoft partners with AGRA to digitize agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – US software giant Microsoft has entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to co-create technology solutions in agriculture in Africa. The collaboration, through Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative, will support AGRA’s digital transformation as it works to improve food security for 30 million farming households across 11 countries by 2021. The MoU aims to encourage the use of big data and AI in the digital transformation of AGRA, working with the Kenyan government and expanding to Nigeria, Rwanda, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi…

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AGRA launches Deal Room initiative to spearhead investments in Uganda’s agribusiness sector

UGANDA – Alliance of a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has launched an agribusiness initiative dubbed Deal Room, seeking to facilitate ease in financing access, mentorship and market entry solutions by Entrepreneurs. It also seeks to create opportunities for government to present investment opportunities, promote incentives and engage with interested investors to discuss bottlenecks, reports Daily Monitor. Dr John Jagwe, the Agra country manager, said the Deal Room, will allow Ugandans to pitch investment ideas with the aim of attracting investments. Dr Jagwe also said, Agra is working with other…

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YARA International commits US$25m in initiative driving food production and security in Africa

AFRICA – Yara International, a crop nutrition and digital farming solutions provider has launched a US$25 million initiative, Action Africa: Thriving Farms, Thriving Future initiative, aimed to mobilize support for 250,000 smallholder farmers in Southern and Eastern Africa, to secure food production and improve food security. The initiative is supported by the World Food Program (WFP), the Norwegian government, Africa Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and other regional and local organization. It targets Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. The…

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Generation Africa launches 2nd annual GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize competition

AFRICA – Generation Africa, a partnership initiative with a vision to strengthen the ecosystem for youth entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector in Africa has launched the second annual US$100,000 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize. Bringing on board influential co-founders, members and ambassadors, the 2020 competition aims to find, inspire and support the best business models during the COVID-19 crisis and pave the way for new businesses embracing technology and innovation in the agrifood and agritech sectors. It is backed by its founding partners Econet, a global telecommunications, media, energy and technology group…

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Microsoft partners with AGRA to boost agriculture through technology

AFRICA – Microsoft through its business and market development engine in Africa 4Afrika has partnered with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to co-create technology solutions in agriculture. AGRA is a dynamic, African-led partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger through practical solutions. The partnership with the technology giant will explore uses of Microsoft’s FarmBeats system in enabling data-driven, precision farming that increases farm productivity and profitability. FarmBeats is an end-to-end AI and…

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Consortium to invest US$1.9m to boost seeds production capabilities in Nigeria

NIGERIA – A consortium of non-governmental organisations has unveiled plans of investing about US$1.9million to support seed companies in Nigeria in the production of quality early generation seeds. The three-year project is being supported by Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), United State Agency for International Development (USAID), United Kingdom Agency for International Development (UKAID), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. The objective of the project among others, include increasing production and dissemination of early generation seeds to seed companies to combat counterfeit seeds in the…

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