AGRF is an alliance of partners that care about, commit to and drive inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa. Currently, these 23 partners include: Government of Rwanda, African Development Bank (AfDB), African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), African Union, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CGIAR, Corteva Agriscience, Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Department for International Development, UK (DfID), Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Grow Africa -a Centre of Excellence of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), MasterCard Foundation, OCP Africa Group, Rockefeller Foundation, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), Syngenta, UPL, USAID, and Yara International ASA.
Africa’s cities and food markets are rapidly expanding. Between cities like Lagos and Nairobi, secondary cities like Kumasi and Mbeya, and tertiary cities like Beira and Musanze, Africa’s cities and urban areas now include more than 421 million people.
These vibrant hubs comprise an ever-growing number of consumers, diversity of incomes, diversity in diets, and therefore diversity in demand for food. Similarly, this food is being provided in an ever-growing number of ways, whether directly from farmers’ markets, a growing number of mini- and super-markets, food delivery services to a household door, and a burgeoning restaurant and emerging food truck scene for people at varying income levels.
On the one hand, you have some of the largest concentrations of poverty, unemployment and underemployment, and people seeking basic food security. Millions of these individuals don’t own land and can’t produce food themselves, so they need to access it however they can and often at the cheapest price.
On the other hand, you have a fast-growing middle and upper class in many places, seeking fresh, high quality produce and markets that cater to particular tastes. Food delivery services like Jumia and UberEats are bringing food directly to people’s doorsteps and offices. These trends will only continue, with African urbanization happening at twice the global rate, and Africa’s cities set to double in size to more than 1 billion people in the next 20 years.
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