Private Sector

News

24 Apr 2020
Accra – The private sector and development partners are vital in mitigating the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on food supply chains in Africa. That was the key message at a virtual roundtable convened by FAO and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) that brought together participants from the private sector, industry associations,  farmer organizations and private industry and development partners,. hosted by the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF).“We must continue the dialogue, provide policy advice, and advocate for solutions and support to keep the food value chain alive in Africa during and post COVID-19,”...
23 Apr 2020
Growing food without soil or natural light is not something many Rwandans had seen or heard about. Agriculture – growing crop in soil and relying on natural rain and sun is embedded in the culture of the people of Rwanda.Currently, about 67 percent of Rwandans – of 12 million population–are employed in agriculture, with arable land covering over 1.56 million hectares at national level.According to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), Rwanda’s population will grow to 16.9 million by 2032. The rise is expected to increase the demand for food yet the arable land...
23 Apr 2020
Accra – With over 60 percent of the African continent’s population in rural areas and dependent on smallholder or family farming, the risk from the COVID-19 pandemic to food supply chains, market access and nutrition is high. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)/ African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) brought together private sector partners, economists and business leaders to identify these risks and gaps in response efforts while proposing solutions.Abebe Haile-Gabriel, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, welcomed over 565 participants.“The concerns...
17 Apr 2020
Rome - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu has welcomed a $10 million donation from Mastercard Foundation to step up the fight against the Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa amid concern about an imminent upsurge in numbers. The Desert Locust upsurge continues to be alarming, particularly in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, where it threatens food security and livelihoods. In the six East African...
17 Mar 2020
Aburi [Ghana] – Africa’s food market is estimated to grow to $1 trillion USD by 2030 and it needs the catalytic intervention of the private sector to bring it to fruition. In order to achieve and surpass this growth, all actors in the agribusiness space must play their part. An indispensable actor is the private sector. This growth potential, coupled with the recently signed Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), with a combined Gross Domestic Product of more than US$3.4 trillion, provides new opportunities for consumer and business spending, led by a vibrant private sector. The...