Peter Njonjo, Co-Founder and CEO of Twiga Foods, sat down with GAFSP Private Sector Window’s Daphna Berman at IFC headquarters in Washington D.C. recently to discuss the challenges facing African entrepreneurs, his decision to leave Coca-Cola, and why he needed to sell his Nairobi home in a quest to ensure that his vision for Twiga became a reality.
Ten years after G-20 leaders created the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program to tackle hunger and malnutrition, the fund will hold its first replenishment event next June in Berlin, seeking $1.5 billion.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Private Sector Window of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), today announced a €20 million investment in Soufflet Malt Ethiopia to help the company build and operate a malting plant in Ethiopia, supporting local farmers and economic growth.
Hunger and the climate crisis are inextricably linked - the challenge is how to solve one while not exacerbating the other.
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When Nadeem Ahmed buys a cup of coffee on the streets of London, it’s not the anticipatory caffeine rush that occupies his thoughts in the moments before he takes his first sip. Rather, Ahmed is thinking of the steep price he just paid—particularly compared to the rock-bottom fee the coffee farmer thousands of miles away likely received. Nadeem Ahmed’s close work with the GAFSP's Private Sector Window is creating a “win-win” for smallholder farmers in Malawi and Global Tea alike.
How do we transform our food system so that it nurtures both human health and our environment?
For generations, growing rice has been a main source of income and food for farmers in The Gambia. Climate change has changed everything. Erratic rainfall and drought have slashed rice yields.
ActionAid commissioned this study to showcase the successes and lessons learned from the implementation of the project, focusing on small-scale producers, women producers, and civil society organizations, as well as communities’ resilience to climate change.
With support from GAFSP, smallholder family farmers will have the resources they need to improve their livelihoods. This includes access to funds, capacity building, technology, and public-private partnerships.
Traditionally, lack of reliable market access for smallholder farmers has impeded the economic development of rural areas because farmers often live far from the wholesale markets, and it is not feasible for them to deliver their produce directly. Highly fragmented systems encourage farmers to navigate through farmer groups or brokers to get their produce to markets. Fluctuating, non-transparent prices are often the result.
Empowering Smallholder Farmers