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AGRA : Africa Agriculture Statut Report

AGRA : Africa Agriculture Statut Report
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AGRA 9 septembre 2013

The Africa Agriculture Status Report : Focus on Staple Crops
was inspired by the need to have an accessible and
reliable resource depicting the status and trends of African
agriculture. Given the crucial role agriculture plays in
African economic growth and development, it is critical to
have such a resource—compiled with current and accurate
information on key indicators—as a reference when
designing policies and strategies that guide future growth
and development of agriculture in Africa.

The 2013 Report has taken more than one and half years
to produce. During this period we consulted a number of
Government Agriculture Ministries, Bureaus of Statistics,
bilateral and multilateral organizations, NGOs, and other
research institutions who have done extensive work and
are involved in the collection and publication of relevant
Sub-Saharan Africa agriculture statistical reports and data
on staple crop production, distribution, and marketing. We
have attempted to consolidate and condense the relevant
staple crops statistical reports and data in one publication
and to provide a contextual narrative to these data to inform
Africa’s agriculture stakeholders and decision makers.

Our aim is to produce an annual series of the Africa
Agriculture Status Report that will provide an in-depth and
comprehensive analysis of emerging issues and challenges
being faced by African smallholder farmers and allow
African scholars and professionals to contribute practical
and evidence-based solutions. The publication also offers
a platform to share relevant and current knowledge and
experiences that can contribute to improving Africa’s food
security. The Report is also an opportunity to promote open
access to Africa’s agriculture data. Another complementary
objective of this Report is to develop a common platform
where national agricultural surveys/censuses, data from
national and international research institutions, data from
bilateral and multilateral funded projects and programs
can be readily accessible to all the stakeholders interested
in agriculture and food security in Africa.

This report is divided into two sections. The first section is
a collection of comprehensive and well-focused articles on
agriculture in Africa guided by the uniqueness of the African
Green Revolution Concept. The topics focus on factors that
trigger smallholders’ agricultural transformation across the
staple crop value chain ; discussing factors of production,
technology adoption, input-output markets, access to
finance, policy environment, and institutional and human
capacity building. The collection also considers partnership
and leveraging of resources. The second section is a collation
of both macro and micro data from 16 Sub-Saharan Africa
countries that AGRA currently operates in. The micro data
were provided by the ministries of agriculture and bureaus
of statistics in the respective countries. The macro data
came from institutions that track key indicators on a regular
basis such as the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture
Organization. The Report aims to foster an on-going data
collection effort on key agriculture indicators that are
tracked on a regular basis and reported on in subsequent
publications moving forward.

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