Working Groups

Groups

Rice

In recognition of the sizeable opportunity represented by strengthening the domestic rice sector for job creation, improvement of smallholder incomes, food security, and reduced import dependence, Grow Africa has been working to support strong, well-functioning national rice value chain platforms with effective private sector participation in West Africa. Alongside this work, Grow Africa has been mobilizing investment into the region’s rice sector, totaling US$2 billion in investment commitments at the end of 2016.

Horticulture Working Group Rwanda

The Rwanda Horticulture Working Group (RHWG) was launched in August 2015 by Rwanda’s National Agriculture Export Board (NAEB) to provide an informal platform for dialogue between stakeholders in the sector, and to provide a channel for formal dialogue with government on issues.

Business Advisory Working Group Mozambique

The Business Advisory Working Group (BAWG) is a private-sector led platform aimed at providing one voice of private-sector agribusinesses to government.  It was launched jointly by Grow Africa and USAID’s SPEED (Support Program for Economic and Enterprise Development) programme. There is significant private-sector interest in investing in agriculture in Mozambique, given that only 10% of the 78.6 million hectares suitable for farming is currently under cultivation.

Farm to Market Alliance

Farm to Market Alliance propels market-based services enabling smallholder farmers to receive the appropriate information, investment and support to realize their potential. WFP is leading the support of the digitalization of critical processes to optimize and bring the initiative to scale.

Background    

East African Potato Consortium

The East African Potato Consortium, co-chaired by Grow Africa and AGRA, aims to establish a robust potato value chain in East Africa, focusing on opportunities for value addition.

National Cassava Platform – Ghana

The Ghanaian national cassava platform was launched with the support of Grow Africa and IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative in April 2015 as one of three national platforms (the other two are in Nigeria and Mozambique aimed at building a market for cassava products used in industr

National Cassava Platform – Mozambique

The Mozambican national cassava platform was launched with the support of Grow Africa and IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative in April 2015 as one of three national platforms (the other two are in Ghana and Nigeria) aimed at building a market for cassava products used in industrial processes.

National Cassava Platform – Nigeria

The Nigerian national cassava platform was launched with the support of Grow Africa and IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative in April 2015 as one of three national platforms (the other two are in Ghana and Mozambique) aimed at building a market for cassava products used in industrial processes.

Smallholder Working Group

Commercializing smallholder production is of critical importance in securing a sustainable future of African agriculture. The Smallholder Working Group (SWG) is co-chaired by Grow Africa and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa to help to develop innovative smallholder business solutions with farmers, companies, governments, and expert organisations  to transition smallholders from subsistence to commercially sustainable production.

Finance Working Group

Access to finance at affordable rates is a systemic constraint facing smallholders and agricultural SMEs across the continent. Resolving it demands unprecedented collaboration between partners. In response, Grow Africa has convened a Working Group on Finance, comprised of leading experts from across banks, agri-businesses, NGOs and international bodies.