The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is a shared commitment to achieve sustained inclusive, agriculture-led growth in Africa.
Given the overwhelming importance of African agriculture in rural livelihoods and its enormous potential to bring people out of poverty, public investment in food security and agriculture has significantly increased over the last decade. While this investment is having an impact, the path to sustainable food security cannot be forged by governments alone.
Agricultural transformation in Africa is a shared interest of the public and private sectors and presents a unique opportunity for a new model of partnership.
Overview and Goals
Launched in 2012, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition set out to:
- Reaffirm continued donor commitment to reducing poverty and hunger
- Accelerate implementation of key components of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
- Leverage the potential of responsible private investment to support development goals
- Help lift 50 million people out of poverty in Africa by 2022
- Achieve sustained inclusive, agriculture-led growth in Africa
The New Alliance is a partnership in which stakeholders commit to specific policy reforms and investments, outlined in Cooperation Frameworks, that accelerate implementation of African country food security strategies.
These commitments, along with a set of Enabling Actions, address key constraints to agriculture-led growth in Africa, including those that prevent smallholder farmers, particularly women, from increasing their productivity and accessing markets.
Partners agree to hold themselves accountable to these commitments, reporting annually on progress. Strong commitment and implementation at the country level is key to New Alliance success.
The New Alliance and CAADP
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) presents a comprehensive framework to transform African agriculture. The New Alliance directly contributes to and catalyzes the implementation of CAADP’s overarching goals to end hunger and halve poverty in Africa by 2025. It also supports the implementation of National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans in countries performing well in CAADP and that have shown a commitment to address difficult policy constraints. New Alliance commitments are reviewed as part of the CAADP Agriculture Joint Sector Review process.
Activities and progress on New Alliance commitments will be increasingly reviewed as part of the agreed Agricultural Review Process (to include data from CAADP Agriculture Joint Sector Reviews) endorsed by African leaders at the African Union Summit in 2014.
The Leadership Council was formed in 2012 as an informal group of leaders committed to realizing the investment commitments pledged by the private sector, governments and development partners within the New Alliance and Grow Africa.
It consists of high-level representatives from African governments, development partners, the African and multinational private sectors, civil society, and farmers’ organizations that monitor, support and advance progress. A list of current members is on this site and the full Terms of Reference for the Leadership Council approved in September 2014, are available on this site.
Three co-conveners lead the Leadership Council. In 2014, these co-conveners are the:
- African Union Commission, which serves as the permanent co-convener
- World Economic Forum
- United States Government
The Leadership Council has met bi-annually since its formation. Starting in 2015, it will have one official meeting per year. The co-conveners will publicly release a joint statement after each meeting.
View past joint statements:
Tenets of Participation
To participate in the New Alliance, stakeholders agree to certain tenets reflected in each New Alliance Cooperation Framework and reiterated in the Leadership Council co-convener statement released in June 2014.
These tenets include:
- Supporting African priorities
- Inclusive dialogue and transparency
- Investing responsibly to support smallholders
Read more about these tenets in the 2013-2014 New Alliance Progress Report.