ReSAKSS-ECA acknowledges the support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Regional Mission for funding this activity. The AgInvest team is indebted to various people who have provided continuous feedback and recommendations on how to improve this portal. We are grateful for the support we received from Peter Ewell, Jim Oehmke, Walter Ong’eng’a, Kaarli Sundsmo and Judy Payne of USAID. Within the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) we received many constructive ideas and inputs from Tezira Lore, Hanna Nyota, Maurice Ogada, Carlos Quiros, Theuri Wachira and Juliet Wanjiku. The development of this web portal benefited from useful feedback and comments from various staff members of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) including: Godfrey Bahiigwa, Samuel Benin, Yifei Liu and Ousmane Badiane.
Various organizations provided invaluable support in the development of this portal by sharing data and information with the AgInvest team. These include: the Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture in Uganda; the Ministry of Agriculture in Burundi; the Agricultural Sector Development Partner’s Group in Tanzania; USAID missions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda; and the African Institutions Innovation Mechanism (AIIM)-Assist project based in Kenya.
Various organizations have developed policies on open access to share their project/programme information online. This portal has benefited tremendously from these policies. In particular, we acknowledge the following: ministries of agriculture and related agriculture line ministries in the countries documented in the portal (namely Burundi, DRC, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia), Agricultural Cooperative Development International/Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA), African Development Bank (AfDB), Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK), the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the European Union (EU),the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) ,the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), the Development Gateway, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Kilimo Trust, and the World Bank. Many other project reports and electronic sources were useful for this task, and while we shall not endeavour to mention them all here, we acknowledge that their information was of value to us.
We greatly appreciate valuable support in data collation and management from: Lilian Githinji, Margaret Karanja, Oliver Kirui, Georgina Njiraini, Sylvester Ogutu, Clement Musyoka and Jonesmus Wambua. We also thank Anne Marie Nyamu for editorial assistance.