Africa has been a victim of negative events such as floods and droughts, desert locust infestation and now the pandemic. These have highlighted the need to build resilience for agriculture, a key sector to the continent’s economies. AGRA’s Vice President for Program Innovation and Delivery, Aggie Asiimwe Konde joins CNBC Africa for more.
In this conversation, Dr. Apollos Nwafor, AGRA’s vice president for policy and state capability discusses ways to enhance markets and trade in Africa and their role in strengthening the food systems as the continent seeks to feed its cities.
Tens of thousands of perishable products in Sub-Saharan Africa are lost mainly due the lack of reliable and adequate cold storage facilities and now with the disruption of supply chains and trade caused by COVID-19; the losses are expected to be even bigger. CNBC Africa spoke to Professor Nuhu Hatibu, Regional Head for East Africa at AGRA for more.
Former Ethiopian Prime Minister, H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn was recently appointed Board Chair of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He joins CNBC Africa’s Makeda Mahadeo to discuss priorities and matters in agriculture on the continent.
Africa is the most food-insecure region with about 256 million people facing undernutrition in 2018. The situation is getting worse in many parts of the continent because of the negative effects of the climate change. CNBC Africa’s Zwena Bachoo caught up with President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Agnes Kalibata for more.
With the support of AGRA and MasterCard Foundation an online platform, e-Hakiki that enables farmers to verify authenticity of seeds being purchased was created; the platform which currently is accessed by 35,000 farmer’s aims to boost annual yields as well as create financial inclusion in the agriculture sector in Tanzania. Fatma Fernandes, Director of Business at Quincewood Group Limited joins CNBC Africa for more.
African economies have embarked on agriculture transformation strategies to significantly increase farm productivity and promote value addition to food. Joining CNBC Africa to touch base with agricultural development on the continent is former Minister of Agriculture for Rwanda and current President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa Dr Agnes Kalibata.