USAID, AGRA in US$47 million 'Seeds and Tech' project to help African small farmers

USAID, AGRA in US$47 million ‘Seeds and Tech’ project to help African small farmers

A US$47 million joint project has been been launched by USAID and Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to help accelerate smallholder farmer access to transformative agricultural technologies.

The three-year partnership, which will take place in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania under the umbrella of the G8 New Alliance, is to help these governments strengthen their seed sectors and promote the commercialisation, distribution and adoption of improved seeds and other key technologies, USAID and AGRA said in a joint statement yesterday.

The partnership aims to increase production of high-quality seeds by 45% in three years, and ensure that 40 percent more farmers gain access to innovative  agricultural technologies.

The Scaling Seeds and Technologiespartnership aims to increase production of high-quality seeds by 45% in three years, and ensure that 40 percent more farmers gain access to innovative  agricultural technologies.

“This partnership with USAID will enable us to scale up this work and ensure that even more smallholder farmers can benefit from these extraordinary technologies,” AGRA President Jane Karuku said. 

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One Response to USAID, AGRA in US$47 million ‘Seeds and Tech’ project to help African small farmers

  1. Yolette M Saintiny Esq July 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    I think it’s a wonderful program… just can’t stop wondering if the “improved seeds” are hybrid?!