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Why track investment in African agriculture?

Agriculture is an important economic activity Africa. It plays a key role in economic growth, poverty reduction, food security and employment. Up to70% of the rural population work in the agriculture sector in the majority of countries in Africa, most of whom are women. Increasingly, many urban and peri-urban dwellers are involved in agriculture. Increasingly, agriculture is becoming important in providing employment to urban residents. Appreciating the importance of the agriculture sector in the region, various actors are investing resources to support the sector.

Stakeholders involved in funding agriculture in Africa are diverse and include: national governments, international organizations, development agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

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How is the information for AgInvest Africa obtained?

Since the work focuses on documenting information on agricultural projects and programmes, the most direct source of information is from the funders and implementers of the interventions. However, because contacting the diverse implementers and funders of the interventions could be a daunting task, the initial phases of developing the tool used information collated from secondary sources available in the public domain. These include project documents such as project inception reports, project work plans, periodic progress reports, end of project reports, evaluation reports and other related documents in electronic form and hard copies. In addition, other key sources of information have been websites that document projects and programmes developed by various organizations.Where possible, information was also gathered through consultations with project managers and/or their partners and government officials in relevant government ministries.

ReSAKSS is inviting agricultural stakeholders to fill information gaps in the database and partner with ReSAKSS to sustain the efforts of mapping and tracking investments at regional and national levels. The AgInvest Africa portal is designed such that allows users can upload information onto the portal to fill the gaps. This process is, however, moderated to ensure credibility of the sources of information.

Using 2005 as the reference year, we present information on agricultural interventions that were active in that year and those that were implemented after 2005.

 

Project information documented in AgInvest Africa

Currently the portal contains the following variables for each project:

  • Intervention (project/programme) name
  • Geographical location (country, province, district and other locational information)
  • Objectives
  • Time frame (start date and end date)
  • Project cost (as budgeted)
  • Funding agency/agencies
  • Implementing agency/agencies
  • Beneficiaries
  • Source of information/reference

In some cases there are data gaps, but there are constant efforts to forge partnerships to fill the gaps.

 

Who will benefit from this information?

  • National and international stakeholders involved in designing, implementing and monitoring and evaluation of agriculture and rural development strategies in Africa. 
  • Stakeholders involved in finding ways to improve collaboration, value addition and synergies in the agriculture sector in Africa. 
  • Stakeholders and organizations involved or interested in collecting baseline data and in tracking progress in the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).