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  • Africa engagement slideshow

    Improving productivity

    The African Green Revolution aims to improve agriculture’s productivity and profitability.

    Investments across the value chain are considered key to increasing food production and improving food security. The AGR particularly targets smallholder farmers, who suffer from poor inclusion in value chains.

    March 2013

  • Contribution to growth

    Contribution to growth

    Agriculture remains the economic backbone of most African countries.

    Agriculture is the main sector generating jobs and income, contributing to economic growth, throughout Africa. However, agriculture often underperforms, with low yields and little profitability, largely due to shortage of agronomic inputs and efficient infrastructure connecting to markets.

  • Calling for action

    Calling for action

    In 2004 Kofi Annan called for a genuinely African Green Revolution.

    Yara attended the conference in Ethiopia where the then Secretary-General of the United Nations urged stakeholders to rally behind his call. Yara became the first private sector actor to respond, establishing an Africa program.

  • Promoting partnerships

    Promoting partnerships

    The African Green Revolution Conferences called for public-private partnerships.

    Yara initiated the Oslo series of conferences 2006–08, a multi-stakeholder platform to share ideas and forge partnerships. They were followed by the African Green Revolution Forum (Accra, Ghana 2010; Arusha, Tanzania 2012), of which Yara remains a co-sponsor and key partner.

  • Focusing on smallholders

    Focusing on smallholders

    Smallholders dominate agricultural production in most African countries.

    Smallholders, many of them women, are more vulnerable to the risks of agriculture, like droughts. With low output and income, smallholders are generally poor, lacking the means to improve productivity and turn their farming into sustainable, profitable business.

  • Delivering the tools

    Delivering the tools

    Improving agricultural productivity is the key to increasing food security.

    Productivity depends on the availability and application of inputs vital to modern agriculture, especially mineral fertilizers, hybrid seeds and crop protection agents. These inputs should ideally be delivered together with crop knowledge and agricultural tools.

  • Transforming agriculture

    Transforming agriculture

    Improving agricultural profitability is the key to reducing poverty.

    Investing in agriculture is a strategy to create social and economic growth – for farming families, rural communities and national economies. Transforming smallholder farming from a way of living to viable business is central to sustainable agriculture.

  • Developing platforms

    Developing platforms

    Yara played a key role in establishing the Grow Africa partnership.

    This public-private platform is designed to accelerate private sector investments and transformative change in African agriculture, building on previous initiatives. It was launched in 2011, with Yara as a member and co-chair of the Grow Africa Task Force.

  • Including Ghana

    Including Ghana

    Ghana was one of the first four countries to be included in the Grow Africa initiative.

    The inclusion in the Grow Africa framework aims to trigger financial support and investments. Yara signed a Letter of Intent, signaling its plans to step up its investment and engagement in the country, e.g. by exploring a rice value chain including a smallholder perspective.

  • Entering value chains

    Entering value chains

    Yara has engaged in several food value chains in Africa.

    The Ghana Grains Partnership (GGP) is one of these. Founded in 2008, it aims to increase smallholder productivity and food production amongst maize growers. Key interventions include the Masara N’Arziki Farmers Association, financing mechanisms and knowledge transfer.

  • Delivering results

    Delivering results

    Food value chains represent targeted interventions with great impact.

    By engaging in value chain partnerships such as the GGP, delivering quality fertilizers and sharing its crop nutrition knowledge, Yara significantly helps increase productivity and profitability for smallholder growers, and the livelihood of their families.

  • Ghana story - creating impact

    Creating Impact

    Yara has made impact through its engagement in African agriculture.

    By consistently supporting the African Green Revolution, Yara aims to make a significant and lasting impact on rural livelihoods by triggering capacity building and infrastructure development, making farming viable business opportunities also for small and medium size farms.

    Yara's Africa engagement
    Summary

    Ghana has taken a lead in African economic development, putting agriculture first. Yara has committed to the African Green Revolution – and to the agricultural transformation of Ghana. Engaging in the entire value chain and working in partnership is the key.

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    Yara's Africa engagement

    Oslo, March 24, 2013

    Yara’s long-term commitment to the transformation of African agriculture has found strong resonance in Ghana. Tripled maize yields for thousands of farmers hold great promise for continued growth in Ghana, which maintains agriculture as a first priority.

    Ghana Grains Partnership

    “Yara gives me knowledge on how to plant and how to apply the fertilizer, how to do it.”

    Nindow Maize farmer, Northern Region, Ghana

    In 2008 Yara, together with the local inputs provider Wienco, initiated the Ghana Grains Partnership (GGP), a public-private partnership working to improve the efficiency of the maize value chain in Northern Ghana.

    The partners helped set up a farmers’ association – the Masara N’Arziki (‘Maize for Prosperity’ in the local Hausa language). Towards the end of 2012 more than 8,000 farmers had joined, seeing maize yield levels triple compared to the average.

    The Masara acts on behalf of its members, purchasing inputs and selling the crops, while the GGP provides seeds and fertilizers on affordable credit terms, as well as storage and transport facilities – helping to reduce losses and increase profits.

    Ghanaian agriculture consists mainly of smallholder farmers, both in the staple crop sector as well as the economically vital cocoa production. Both the Government policies for agricultural development and the GGP target the crucially important smallholders.

    Value chain engagement

    The GGP is a model example of engaging throughout the food value chain, addressing major bottlenecks to improve productivity and profitability. Yara is a major provider of mineral fertilizer to Ghana, engaging both in cash crops such as cocoa and in staple crops such as maize.

    Building on the experiences gained through the GGP, Yara – through the Grow Africa platform – will explore opportunities for a new partnership in the rice value chain.

    Yara operates a fertilizer blending facility and a warehouse with a capacity of two million bags, distributing mineral fertilizer throughout Ghana. An important part of the business model is supplementing the product with knowledge, collaborating with farmers through crop clinics. Here, growers receive advice on how to best improve their yields.

    The GGP is a prime example of how agricultural development can be done in an inclusive manner, raising yields and profitability both with and for the smallholders. Yara has committed itself to contributing its knowledge, products and solutions to promote an African Green Revolution.

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