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AGRA Launches Policy Initiative to Empower Africa To Shape Agricultural Policies | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

New initiative announced for World Food Day recognizes policy’s pivotal role in attaining African food security

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

DES MOINES, Iowa, and NAIROBI, Kenya -- The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) today launched an initiative to empower African governments to shape home-grown agricultural policies that provide comprehensive support to smallholder farmers. The initiative is supported by a US$15 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

With an initial focus on five countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique and Tanzania), the initiative will strengthen African agricultural policy-making capacity through training agricultural policy analysts; bolstering policy think tanks; establishing data banks to support evidence-based policy development; and coordinating national policy hubs. It will focus on policies that support farmers in the areas of seeds; soil health; markets and trade; land rights; women’s rights; equity; environmental sustainability; and climate change.

To read the full press release, visit the AGRA web site.

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