Agriculture accounts for at least 23% of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP with about 40% of the workforce engaged in the sector. At the heart of Africa’s agriculture are the smallholder farmers. Millions of hardworking men and women typically farm on less than a hectare of land. They grow staple crops such as maize, wheat, rice, cassava and sorghum. Food is the most basic of needs. It decides not just the health of individuals but also the health of communities which affects the health of our economies. Growth generated by agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to be 11 times more effective in reducing poverty than GDP growth in other sectors.
Africa’s full agricultural potential remains untapped.