Scaling up for food security.

Africa Lead is one of Feed the Future and USAID’s primary food security capacity building programs in sub Saharan Africa. Feed the Future (FTF) is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

Institutional Architecture Assessment for Food Security Policy Change (IAA)
The IAA was designed to provide a quick scan of the capacities fundamental to policy change in regard to the Africa Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
Chicken and the egg

Africa Lead is supporting Tanzania agribusiness entrepreneur Eugene Kavishe through a technical agribusiness consultant to help him develop a five-year sustainability plan that includes business objectives, growth strategy, risk analysis, financial plan and projections, marketing and communications plan, and action planning.

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Trainer Directory

Africa Lead has invested in building the capacity of experienced trainers/facilitators that are able to understand and facilitate discussions relating to agricultural transformation and have a proven track record in delivering capacity building training programs for multiple stakeholders within the agricultural sector.

Passing the Torch
In Kenya, Africa Lead has partnered with the Kenya government and donor organizations to institutionalize its flagship "Champions for Change" training curriculum and reach all 47 counties in Kenya. Africa Lead did so to ensure sustainability of the training after Africa Lead programming concludes.
USAID Kenya’s Bi-Annual Resilience Learning Event
Africa Lead works as the learning support program to USAID's Partnership for Resilience and Growth in Kenya, regularly convening and facilitating learning between 24 of USAID's implementing programs and government partners . Recently the partnership conducted its bi-annual learning event in the counties of Isiolo and Marsabit.
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Catalyzing Opportunities for Kenyan Youth in Agriculture and Agribusiness

The average age of a farmer in Kenya is 61. In a country where nearly 75% of the total population is below 35, youth unemployment has remained at nearly 20% for the last ten years. For many of Kenya’s unemployed youth, agriculture presents a viable business opportunity to create a long-lasting livelihood. The agriculture sector, however, remains largely unattractive to the youth and their participation is hindered mostly by lack of access to land, finance, and markets.

Africa Lead Facilitates Policy Brief Write Shop for Agriculture Council of Kenya (AgCK)

Seventy-five percent of Kenyans derive all or part of their livelihoods from agriculture which also accounts for more than half of Kenya’s gross domestic product. The Agriculture Council of Kenya (AgCK) was established in 2015 by six agriculture sector interest groups to represent the under-represented groups that make Kenya’s agriculture sector a major part of Kenya’s economy.

Africa Lead Facilitates the EAC Regional Fall Armyworm Workshop in Nairobi

The Fall Armyworm (FAW) pest is a serious threat to food security in Africa, potentially causing loss of 8.3 to 20.6 million tons of maize per year if uncontrolled. FAW not only affects production of a staple food crop in the East Africa region, but also undermines the economic viability of Africa’s emerging private seed sector.

Africa Lead Facilitates the Horn of Africa Resilience Network (HORN) Annual Regional Meeting

The Horn of Africa is an area with scarce natural resources and that is vulnerable to food security crises, threatening traditional pastoral livelihoods. In 2011, the Horn of Africa faced the worst drought in 60 years, leading to famine in Somalia, and emergency food insecurity levels in Kenya and Ethiopia. At the peak of the drought, more than 13 million people across the region required humanitarian assistance, and more than 700,000 refugees fled Somalia.


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