The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) have signed an agreement to collaboratively work to strengthen market access for smallholder farmers in East Africa.
The agreement enhances the work synergies between DFID’s FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FoodTrade ESA) and AGRA.
“Already, we work together on the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) and the World Food Program (WFP), but while we have been working together, until now we’ve never formalized the partnership,” said Van Uytvanck of FoodTrade ESA.
In their support of EAGC in Kenya, AGRA funds farmer training and supports near farm storage, strengthening the supply side of the value chain; while FoodTrade ESA enhances the demand side by supporting the development of market platform G-Soko that connects buyers and sellers in East Africa.
Their combined work improves the quality of the produce delivered and enhances grain markets in the region by strengthening market linkages and availability of information.
According to AGRA President Dr.Agnes Kalibata, building strong partnerships is crucial to the Alliance’s work in transforming smallholder agriculture.
“Besides ensuring farmers have access to the right tools and markets one of the things we do is look at partnerships for the continent and ensure we are building the right partnerships to grow smallholder farmers.
The pact will also strengthen the partnership between the two organizations.