To go straight to the point, the Alliance for a Green Revolution, or AGRA, is a farmer-centered, African-led, partnerships-driven organization that transformed Nigeria’s smallholder farming from a lone survivalist endeavor to a thriving industry.
Africa’s ability to feed both itself and the rest of the world is the goal of AGRA. Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda are the 11 nations that the international organization focuses on.
You probably weren’t aware that AGRA’s work in Nigeria is in line with both the government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and the Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP) or Green Alternative of the Federal Government (ERGP).
In order to create an agribusiness economy for long-term prosperity through domestic food security, export growth, import substitution, and job development, AGRA supports the government’s agricultural initiatives.
By making investments that spark an agricultural transformation, AGRA aims to improve food security and smallholder farmers’ incomes in order to lessen shocks and stressors. In Nigeria, AGRA supports the development of agricultural policy changes and mechanisms at the federal level. Additionally, it aims to raise the earnings and food security of rice, maize, cassava, and soybean farmers, particularly in the states of Kaduna and Niger.
It is impossible to overstate the importance of discussing AGRA’s investments and accomplishments in Nigerian soil. AGRA was able to develop a base of assets in technologies, partnerships, and models that can be scaled to have a considerable impact on the state of agriculture in Nigeria in just this decade.
Be aware that from 2017 to 2021, its strategy and support for Nigeria sought to combine all of these factors in order to spur and sustain inclusive agricultural transformation in Nigeria through improvements to productivity and produce marketing, thereby raising the incomes and ensuring food security for at least 1.5 million smallholder farming households. AGRA aims to support the governments’ (Federal and State) demand for a robust agriculture sector with efficient coordination and execution capabilities through a $19 million investment.
Need we say more? It’s crucial to understand these multinational organizations’ involvement in the fight for food security in Africa. It’s wonderful to highlight their successes and priority areas too.
There you have it!
Please memorize the acronym’s complete meaning if you remember nothing else from this article. The reason for this is that over time, the abbreviation AGRA actually succeeded in relegating its original meaning. Many individuals only know it in its abbreviated version, “AGRA.”