he New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is a partnership that brings together the capacities and interests of diverse stakeholders, including African governments and institutions, the private sector, civil society, donors, and other development partners, such as research institutions, to address key constraints to inclusive, agriculture-led growth in Africa.
African governments have committed to develop or revise policies that will facilitate responsible private investment in agriculture in support of smallholder farmers.
Each African government decides how to oversee and implement New Alliance commitments in its country.
The ten African governments to join the New Alliance thus far are:
Companies are increasingly realizing that investing in smallholder agriculture is not just socially responsible—it makes sense for their business.
As part of the New Alliance, private sector companies have committed, through Letters of Intent, to pursue responsible investments in African agriculture and food security through models that maximize benefits to smallholder farmers.
The New Alliance also strongly aligns with Grow Africa’s goals and builds on this platform. In partnership with African governments, Grow Africa facilitated the development of Letters of Intent in numerous New Alliance countries. It also tracks progress in implementing the investments outlined in the signed Letters of Intent and summarized in New Alliance Cooperation Frameworks.
List of companies that have signed the letter of intent are mentioned below.
Development partners have committed to predictable funding levels directly aligned with countries’ National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans.
In each New Alliance country, one development partner serves as a lead interlocutor with the partner country on behalf of other development partners on New Alliance implementation and monitoring. Development partner leads often also worked closely with the partner country in developing the Cooperation Framework.
Founding development partners include:
- The European Union
- The United Kingdom
- The United States of America
For detailed information on all development partner funding commitments in each country, view the Cooperation Frameworks.
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In addition to donor-related development partners, research institutions and other non-governmental and international organizations participate in the New Alliance as implementers of Enabling Actions.
These organizations include the:
- African Development Bank
- African Union Commission
- Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
- Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)
- Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA)
- West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD)
- Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
- Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
- Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition partners
- International Fund for Agricultural Development
- International Food Policy Research Institute
- International Labour Organization
- Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
- Semento Seed Consulting
- University of California, Davis
- World Bank Group
Civil Society, Non-Governmental Organizations and Farmers’ Organizations
Active participation in the New Alliance from civil society and farmers’ organizations is vital to strengthen accountability and advocate for effective public policy to advance the New Alliance’s principles and goals. Dialogue and consultation with these groups at the country level is strongly encouraged.
Three African farmers’ organizations and one civil society organization are members of the Leadership Council to ensure their perspective and input is part of high-level discussions on key issues.