AGRA’s Africa Agriculture Status Report 2017

Chapter 6 looks at A Policy Agenda for Achieving an Inclusive Transformation of Africa’s Agri-food Systems

Mark Kofi Fynn recommends the report to his fellow members of the SNRD Africa working group on Policy Processes in Agriculture and Rural Development as chapter 6 is focusing on policy processes for agricultural transformation in Africa.

  • Many past attempts at an African green revolution failed because government efforts were too limited and too focused on technological change while failing to create a complementary and enabling policy and market environment for its uptake.

  • In today’s more urbanized context, the challenge is to transform Africa’s entire agri-food system in an equitable and employment intensive way, through a more multisectoral approach to the problem that builds on partnerships between the public and private sectors.

  • A successful agricultural transformation today requires that governments provide an enabling business environment for farming and agribusiness; complement policy reforms through institutional reforms; invest in rural infrastructure; and undertake targeted interventions to help commercialize many more smallholders and to promote the development of local small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

  • The real challenge is to convince governments to commit to and implement this agricultural and rural development agenda over several decades.

  • Comprehensive strategies that cover the entire agriculture sector rarely translate into successful implementation strategies and a more practical approach is to concentrate on a few first movers that can achieve early successes, build up political momentum, and open up new growth opportunities elsewhere in the sector.


  • Adesoji Adelaja – Michigan State University
  • Joseph Rusike – Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  • John Ulimwengu – IFPRI
  • Mabel Hungwe – BEAT Africa
  • Steven Haggblade – Michigan State University
  • John Herbert Ainembabazi – Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  • Franklin Simtowe – CIMMYT