With 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land, the world’s fastest growing middle class, and over $40 bn of food imports, African agriculture represents a huge opportunity. If market weaknesses are overcome then agricultural growth promises both commercial rewards and development dividends such as increased rural incomes, job creation and improved food security – especially for the 60% of Africans who currently derive their livelihoods from agriculture.
Agricultural transformation requires collaboration between farmers, companies, governments and other partners – whether to improve the overall enabling environment or make specific value chains commercially viable.
Wasafiri has played a vital role in unlocking leadership and collaboration for Africa’s agricultural transformation, including multiple assignments to facilitate the African Union’s flagship initiative – the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme, ensuring donors, governments and Non-State actors rally behind a common agenda. We’ve also played a pivotal role in initiating and supporting implementation of Grow Africa, a collaboration between the African Union and World Economic Forum to accelerate investments for sustainable growth in African agriculture, and which to date has generated over $5 billion of investment commitments from companies.
Wasafiri has also supported agri-businesses to develop and advance their growth in Africa, whether through strategy development or building inclusive value chain partnerships. We now combine a deep sectoral understanding, with a hard-to-beat network of trusted relationships with key public and private sector players across the continent.