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Rockefeller report - Agriculture


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With unprecedented interest in African agriculture, business and governments are moving towards harnessing the continent’s vast potential. 

What will be the game-changing innovations for African agriculture?  

How can financing for the sector be unlocked? With comment and insight from leading decision makers in business, policy and development, This Is Africa explores how Africa can realise its agricultural potential.


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As the Rockefeller Foundation commemorates 100 years of history, its president, Judith Rodin, discusses the Foundation's strategic priorities and vision for Africa.

More video interviews


Interview with Michael Myers, Senior Policy Officer and Director of Centennial Programming, Rockefeller Foundation


Interview with Paul O'Brien, Vice President for Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam


Interview with Wiebe Boer, Chief Executive Office, Tony Elumelu Foundation


Interview with Gary Toenniessen, Managing Director, Rockefeller


Interview with Robert Sichinga, Minister of Agriculture, Zambia


Interview with Maria Kiwanuka Minister of Finance Planning and Development, Uganda 

Report articles

Commodity exchanges T

Africa’s agriculture commodity exchanges take root

A handful of African countries are setting up commodity exchanges in an effort to develop agricultural markets and improve food security. Are they the key to Africa’s agricultural growth?

value addition imperative T

The value addition imperative in agriculture

Local agricultural processing is vital as Africa’s food imports continue to rise – but not all commodities are well suited to domestic value addition

agriculture sector T
From Business

Financing agricultural growth

After years of neglect, banks, private equity funds and microfinance institutions are bringing capital to African agriculture

catalytic innovations T
From Analysis

Africa’s catalytic agricultural innovations

As the continent awaits its agricultural revolution, This is Africa looks at the cutting edge ideas which could make the difference

Minister of Agriculture T
From Analysis

Interview: Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture, Nigeria

Nigeria’s agriculture minister on the country’s historical failures, and a reform agenda to push Nigeria into the big league of agriculture producers

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From Analysis

Interview: Jane Karuku, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

The president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa on the need for funding in the research and development sector

From Analysis

Uniting Africa to face climate change

Africa accounts for less than 3 percent of global emissions, yet our continent is widely recognised to be the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Judith Rodin T
From Analysis

Bridging finance and innovation to advance a green revolution in Africa

Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, on the need to bridge financing and innovation to usher in a green revolution in Africa

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