The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa has announced a $280 million partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID to drive agricultural transformation in Africa.
Launched during the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and funded by the two foundations and USAID, the Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) will work to catalyze and sustain changes to agricultural systems that increase incomes and improve food security for thirty million smallholder farm households by 2021. The initiative reflects a recognition that greater impact and value can be achieved through a strategic effort that builds on what already has been achieved by each partner and pulls it all together in ways that help catalyze and sustain transformation at scale.
To that end, the partners in the initiative will work to deliver results across a shared framework and align their in-country activities with agricultural ministry plans in at last eleven countries. According to the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, PIATA represents the first time that a partnership of this scale has been launched on the continent.
"We see [PIATA] as an opportunity to leverage even more from the partners and their huge networks for greater impact," said Mamadou Biteye, managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation's Africa regional office. "We are looking forward to deploying the technologies that we have helped develop over the years, together with our shared knowledge and grant support, to work with our esteemed partners."
"We have witnessed significant progress in our agricultural transformation over the past decade, with countries that have prioritized the sector recording notable drops in poverty levels, improved food security, and inclusive economic growth," said AGRA president Agnes Kalibata. "PIATA will be critical in bringing key players together to support governments in their push to fully unlock the potential of Africa's smallholder farming and agribusiness as the surest drivers of job creation and the continent's inclusive economic transformation."
(Photo credit: CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture)