Nairobi - The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) on Tuesday
announced a five-year project that seeks to increase incomes of smallholder
farmers through the creation of an enabling policy environment in Africa.
The initiative, Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness (MIRA), will identify,
prioritize and reform specific agricultural policies and regulations that
currently deter or limit private investment in small- and medium-sized
agribusinesses operating in smallholder agricultural value chains.
Over a period of five years, AGRA aims to motivate at least 25 significant
policy or regulatory reforms in selected countries, leading to measurable
increases in private sector investment in local agribusinesses.
The project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, is expected
to increase the number of smallholder farmers accessing improved technologies
supplied by agribusinesses operating in local staple food value chains.
It will also help them access stable,
predictable income-generating market opportunities.
“We are very excited about this new initiative,” says AGRA’s President, Jane
“It will help African Governments unlock agricultural potentials in their
countries by supporting their efforts to develop progressive agricultural
policies that will attract increased private investments in smallholder
agricultural value chains.”
“The MIRA project will provide African Governments with access to high
quality local and international technical assistance for identifying,
prioritizing and reforming specific agricultural regulations,” says Dr. Steven
Were Omamo, AGRA’s Director of Policy and Advocacy.
“Current regulations often discourage private investment in small- and
medium-sized agribusinesses that serve the needs of smallholder farmers.
“The project will help build the capacity of leaders and analysts to make
better-informed, economically-robust assessments and decisions about which
regulations need to be reformed in order to facilitate increased private
investment in smallholder value chains,” Omamo said.