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Rwanda agreement links African agri-food and smallholder farmers

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The Rwanda agreement will strengthen linkages between smallholder farmers and African agri-food companies, emphasising better access to finance and technical skills for small and medium sized companies involved in the agri-food sector. Image credit: Annie Spratt for Unsplash.

Rwanda agreement links African agri-food and smallholder farmers  

Yesterday, the heads of the African Green Revolution Alliance (AGRA) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) signed a new five-year cooperation agreement at the 2022 African Green Revolution Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.  

“AGRF has become the landmark annual event on the continent bringing governments and partners together around food security and making safe, nutritious foods produced in a sustainable way available to all Africans,” says GAIN Executive Director Lawrence Haddad.

“AGRA is thus a critical partner for GAIN in helping deliver strategies which African government are adopting in the face of the current food crisis.”

The cooperation agreement covers GAIN support to the AGRF and working with AGRA to strengthen linkages between smallholder farmers and African agri-food companies, emphasising better access to finance and technical skills for small and medium sized companies involved in the agri-food sector.

“As the impact of climate change on African agriculture grows, we need to accelerate actions to promote investments for sustainable agriculture ensuring that Africans everywhere can have better access to safe and nutritious foods,” says AGRA President, Agnes Kalibata.

“As we double down to strengthen delivery systems and the agriculture ecosystem across countries in Africa, GAIN’s expertise in nutrition and food systems will be a major support to this.”

Joint efforts are being made to strengthen nutritious food systems thinking in the African agriculture and Agri food landscape. This includes work on the development of food system metrics which will help governments and development partners plan to improve access to and availability of nutritious foods.

“At the AGRF we will together be launching a new report on tools for assessing progress in food system transformation,” says Haddad.

Established in 2006, AGRA is an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts smallholder farmers at the centre of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives.

https://agra.org/

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with governments, businesses, and civil society, GAIN’s aim to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious foods for all people, especially the most vulnerable.

www.gainhealth.org

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