Whether for profit or social motives - and often both - an increasing number of investors are targeting opportunities in African agriculture. At the same time innovative approaches for deploying aid to support farming businesses linked to smallholders are emerging. This blog provides a snapshot of who is doing what, where and how.

5 November 2009

Arab bank to step up support for African agriculture

The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) is to step up funding for agriculture projects to help governments stave off future food price crises and droughts, the bank's director general said. Abdelaziz Khelef told Reuters the bank would increase total commitments to $1 billion under a new 2010-2014 five-year plan, a $100 million increase from the previous plan. Reuters link