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.

26 November 2012

Food security challenges are "complex, immense, frightening and urgent"

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times Paul Polman of Unilever reminds us that, due to a rising population and changing consumption habits, we will need to produce the same amount of food in the next 40 years as we did in the past 8,000.

He calls for increased investment in African agriculture; and for developing country governments need to create long-term partnerships with the private sector, donors and civil society, to stimulate investment in commercial agriculture.

He references the Copenhagen Consensus, which concluded that an investment in fighting malnutrition would benefit people more than any other type of investment – with a return of $30 for every $1 invested.