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.

9 February 2010

AgDevCo makes the case for "patient capital"

Chris Isaac of AgDevCo speaking at the Africa Investment Forum in Accra makes the case for "patient capital" to finance agriculture-supporting infrastructure such as feeder roads, reservoirs and electricty reticulation to the farm gate. Download the presentation on the AgDevCo website here.

Adopting irrigation could help Africa offset 3 degree increase in global temperatures

Africa’s failure to embrace modern farming methods is a greater impediment to food production than global warming, according to the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

Adopting this approach would help the continent offset possible temperature increases of as much as 3 degrees Celsius (37 degrees Fahrenheit), it said, citing conclusions made by computer modeling. Link to Newsweek article.

3 February 2010

Citadel Capital to Invest in Tanzania Agriculture

A CAIRO-based private equity firm, Citadel Capital, has announced plans to invest between 200 and 400 million US Dollars in East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda), this year, with agriculture, mining, petroleum, transport and logistics being the priority sectors. The company's senior consultant, Ms Sinit Zeru, told the 'Daily News' in an exclusive interview in Dar es Salaam today that the investment will mainly focus on the agriculture sector. allAfrica.com link.