This Africa Agriculture Report 2020 from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) sets out challenges and opportunities for improving food and nutrition security for cities across Africa. The chapters are written by a variety of experts, with insights and recommendations from public and private sector actors to drive positive change.
Key messages from the report include:
- Urban food markets offer the largest and fastest growing commercial opportunity available to Africa’s 60 million farms.
- As the center of gravity in Africa’s food system moves to urban areas, new actors — including mayors, city councils, district governments, urban planners, public health officers, and industry trade associations — become central to the effective functioning of agricultural input and output markets, food processing, and food safety systems.
- As a result, effective urban agricultural policy requires new forms of governance, consultation, and coordination.
- This report reviews the structure and scale of urban food markets, current challenges facing farmers and agribusinesses, and key policy prescriptions for ensuring affordable, safe urban food supplies, and broad-based expansion of rural economic opportunity.
And chapters in the report cover the following topics:
- Overview: Feeding Africa’s Cities: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policies for Linking African Farmers with Growing Urban Food Markets
- Opportunities in Africa’s Growing Urban Food Markets
- Competitiveness of African Food Systems with International Imports
- Domestic food distribution systems: Linking farmers to growing urban markets in Africa
- Food safety and public health implications of growing urban food markets 101 6 The role of African cities in strengthening agri-food systems
- Intra-African food trade
- Improving urban agri-food system governance, performance and opportunities for African farmers to feed the continent’s rapidly growing cities