The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa works to achieve a food secure and prosperous Africa through the promotion of rapid, sustainable agricultural growth based on smallholder farmers.
AGRA coordinates with African governments and other partners to assemble the critical mass of resources needed to realize the agricultural potential of Africa's breadbasket areas. With a budget of close to US$400 million, as of June 2009 AGRA had approved 116 grants valued at US$83 million in 14 countries. Grantees operate across the agricultural value chain, laying the basis for the kind of comprehensive, integrated change needed by smallholder farmers.
Portfolio One concentrates on catalyzing Green Revolutions in four change-ready countries with high-potential breadbasket areas. AGRA selected its priority countries based on the potential impact and the likelihood of success. For example, to evaluate potential impact, AGRA emphasized both larger and poorer countries where the need is greater. To evaluate the likelihood of success, AGRA considered factors such as:
- good governance,
- government commitment to agriculture,
- conditions for growth of the private sector.
Finally, AGRA considered regional balance, the likely engagement of other donors, and -spill-over‖ effects in which national progress is likely to influence neighboring countries. Visit the AGRA website.