Grow Africa highlights in 2017
Today, agriculture accounts for 32% of gross domestic product in Africa. Agriculture and agribusiness together could be a $1 trillion sector in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030, up from $313 billion in 2010. As such, agriculture is Africa’s surest bet for growing inclusive economies and creating decent jobs mainly for the youth.
In 2017, Grow Africa shifted focus from private sector engagement and mobilisation through Letters of Intent, to a more structured value chain development approach that encompasses all value chain stakeholders and is better aligned to National Agriculture Investment Plans.
In order to practically deliver this new strategic focus on the ground, Grow Africa launched in May 2017, the Country Agribusiness Partnership (CAP) Framework, a country engagement tool that mobilises private sector action aligned to National Agriculture Investment Plans. The CAP Framework concept was developed to build on the successes and challenges of the Country Cooperation Agreements established under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. Importantly, CAP Frameworks are fully anchored within the national and continental architecture of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
Grow Africa led the launch of the CAP-F at the 13th Annual CAADP Partnership Platform held in Kampala. At the launch, Senegal, Malawi and Uganda expressed interest to apply the framework in their country processes. CAP-F was also introduced to development partners at 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF17), where several partners such as USAID, GIZ, EU Commission, AfDB, AGRA, CAADP Non State Actors Coalition, Rabobank were in attendance.
At country level, Grow Africa has deployed CAP-F process in Uganda and Senegal, with country stocktaking exercises recently concluded and outcome reports expected early 2018. During the stocktaking process, stakeholders were consulted on key issues that provide an understanding of constraints, opportunities and desired areas of engagement. Existing policy and institutional frameworks are reviewed for alignment, willingness and capacity to reform key issues identified.
Grow Africa supports and co-convenes a number of multi-stakeholder platforms on the continent. The platforms have a value chain focus and connect value chain actors, enhance finance and technical assistance interactions, and promote knowledge sharing and learning. Grow Africa is currently active in 7 multi-stakeholder platforms on the continent, and working with local partners to establish 3 value chain platforms in Mozambique, Burkina Faso and Senegal. Through working with country level stakeholders in these platforms, Grow Africa makes a contribution to accelerating private sector investment in agricultural value chains.
Grow Africa’s impact at country level in 2017 also includes:
Grow Africa worked with the Pineapple Inter-professional Association of Benin to engage stakeholders and secure commitment to formalise the Inter-professional body into a multi-stakeholder platform leading to a multi-stakeholder pineapple platform being formally launched during 2017. The platform will support the country’s export diversification initiative, whose goal is to increase production and marketing of pineapple fruit and its derivative in regional and international markets. Following this successful launch, an operational plan has been developed for 2018, and recruitment is underway for a local focal point to coordinate work of the platform.
Côte d' Ivoire
In Côte d' Ivoire, Grow Africa worked with the Office National de Développement de la Riziculture (ONDR) to secure interest and commitment from stakeholders in the rice value chain which led to formal launch of a national rice platform. The platform is pivotal in supporting implementation of the National Rice Development Strategy, whose goal is to meet national consumption requirements for quality rice and build an export surplus. The Platform has so far developed an operational plan for 2018, and a local focal point has been hired to coordinate implementation of activities.
Grow Africa has an ongoing collaboration with the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) supporting the Ghana Industrial Cassava Stakeholder’s Platform (ICSP). A two-year grant of 32 000 USD has been awarded to ICSP secretariat co-financed by IDH and Grow Africa. Aside from the cassava platform Grow Africa has in Ghana, partnered with Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF), a private sector apex body working towards an enabling environment for private sector growth and development
In Kenya, Grow Africa supports the National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK) in partnership with the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The potato platform works to address bottlenecks in the industry related to inputs, infrastructure and processing to help unlock private sector investment. In 2017, Grow Africa supported the platform with an operational and capacity building grant which was been used for development of county potato strategies, capacity building of stakeholders, and creating market linkages.
Grow Africa has collaboration with the Commercial Agriculture Support Services (CASS) in Malawi. A multi-stakeholder platform comprising membership from farmer organisations, civil society, government and private sector to promote pulses and oil seeds, and contribute to the country’s national agriculture strategy objective of “doubling contribution of legume and oilseed crops in overall production and exports, especially in processed form.”
Grow Africa has worked with the platform to develop blended finance models, and has approached IDH to provide financial guarantee in the models.
In Tanzania, Grow Africa has partnered with AGRA and the Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA), and AGRA to formalise a potato platform in Northern Tanzania. A stakeholder engagement will be undertaken in 2018 and commitment secured to formally establish a platform to be co-convened by the three parties.
As Grow Africa moves into the second year of its Strategy implementation, it will continue to streamline its work at national, regional and continental level through effective convening and partnering at country, regional and continental levels.
Building on its networking and convening power linked to its founding partners, Grow Africa will, in 2018, continue to mobilise leadership commitment to action on issues affecting private sector participation in the agricultural transformational agenda.