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AGRA's Africa Agriculture Status Report

The Africa Agriculture Status Report: Focus on Staple 2013 Crops was inspired by the need to have an accessible and reliable resource publication depicting the status and trends of African agriculture.  Given the role agriculture plays in the African economies, it is critical to have such a resource to inform the designing of policies and strategies based on current and accurate information on key indicators.  The chapters in the report were guided by the value chain concept. The concept runs from production, through post-harvest handling, to processing and marketing of the commodities, to consumption. It takes into consideration the input-output markets, be they domestic, regional or global.  Collective action as a tool in agricultural transformation is also considered, since it plays a key role in addressing the constraints faced by smallholder farmers.  The aim of the status report is to have an ongoing data collection effort on key agriculture indicators that are tracked on a regular basis and reported in subsequent publications.

Clusters Enhance Africa's Competitiveness

By Kennedy Mupeseni, 28 August 2013

THE African Development Bank (AfDB) has called for the establishment of industrial clusters to enhance Africa's competitiveness on the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) market.

AfDB President Donald Kaberuka said the development of industrial clusters would enhance capacity of the continent's manufacturing sector to better utilise the United States (US) AGOA market.

Public-Private Partnerships Can Transform Africa

By Mimi Alemayehou

While unveiling a bold initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, President Barack Obama made it unequivocally clear that this undertaking will require private sector partners. The U.S. government pledged U.S.$7 billion to the new Power Africa initiative, while private sector partners made commitments to inject an additional $9 billion over five years.

In the same vein, the president also underscored the critical importance of working collaboratively with governments on the continent to foster a business and regulatory environment that supports private sector investment in strategic infrastructure development.

Fixing Africa’s Land Ownership Issues

Poor land governance systems are one of the biggest challenges to African development, but the problem is not insurmountable. Makhtar Diop, the World Bank Group’s vice president for Africa, discusses ways to improve them.
Many countries around the world have grappled with the challenge of landlessness and inequality of land ownership. However, in Africa, which is home to 202 million hectares or half the world’s total holdings of useable uncultivated fertile land, that problem is accentuated by extremely low agricultural productivity, high rates of unemployment and inequality.   

The United States and India Help Improve African Agriculture

Press Release, USAID  - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

By Meeta Parti

The United States and India launched today the second India-U.S.-Africa triangular agricultural training program supported by the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative Feed the Future. This partnership aims to improve agricultural productivity and support market institutions in Kenya, Liberia, and Malawi.