Africa has 60m farms, says report

There are 60 million farms in Africa, the Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) unveiled at the ongoing virtual African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Kigali, Rwanda, has revealed.

This is coming on the heels of Food and Agriculture Organisation(FAO) prediction that the agricultural market in Africa will reach $1 trillion by 2030.

This year’s AASR focuses on Feeding Africa’s Cities by assessing the opportunities, challenges and policies required to enable African farmers and agribusinesses serve the rapidly growing urban food markets.

The report seeks to find ways for smallholder farmers to drive food security, rural prosperity, and inclusive economic growth.

“This report highlights the opportunity for all agriculture industry stakeholders to bring together viewpoints that define the transformation agenda, while outlining the practical next steps to an agricultural revolution,” said AGRA President, Dr. Agnes Kalibata.

It indicated that cities shape Africa’s agribusiness environment by affecting patterns of agricultural production and inducing the rapid expansion of food processing and distribution plans.

“This year’s AASR shows that as the centre of gravity in Africa’s agri-food systems shifts increasingly towards urban areas, a cohort of new, non-traditional actors, including city planners, mayors, district councils, trader organisations and public health professionals, are becoming key players in the implementation of agricultural policy,” AGRA’s Chief of Staff and Strategy, Andrew Cox said.

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