Founding Partners - Generation Africa

Entrepreneurs thrive when multiple sectors and actors consciously work together to develop a supportive environment for business innovation and growth. For the many pioneering initiatives already support young entrepreneurs, Generation Africa offers a platform to link together into a wider movement that inspires and propels the “agri-food stars” of tomorrow. Partners are increasing their collective impact through improved:

Reach: Connecting with more agripreneurs – both current and aspirant - to serve them with education, ideas, support and capital.
Collaboration: Linking across initiatives so each endeavour integrates with a wider effort.
Advocacy: Elevating a collective voice on opportunities and challenges facing agripreneurs to better influence key decision-makers across the public and private sectors.

Please contact us if your organisation is committed to supporting young African agripreneurs and you want to link with other ecosystem actors via the Generation Africa partnership.

Econet is a pan-African Telecommunications, Technology and Renewable Energy Group, focused on digitally connecting customers in the 28 markets – mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa – where it has operations and investments. Over the years, the Econet Group has developed a converged offering of products and services spanning mobile telephony, fibre infrastructure, media broadcasting, financial services (Fintech), e-commerce, Internet of Things (IoT), and renewable energy. Through these, Econet has connected people, improving their lives and helping to transform the societies in which we operate.

Econet Group’s subsidiaries include Econet Mobile Networks Group, Liquid Telecom, Cassava SmarTech, Distributed Power Africa, Vaya Africa and Technites Africa. Our focus is on the positive transformation of Africans’ lives and of the communities where we serve. We are committed to answering Africa’s call, creating new pathways and possibilities because we speak ‘AfriCAN’ and we are Inspired To Change Your World. 

For more information, please visit our website.

Yara International is a global crop nutrition company pioneering new and scalable models to drive the transition to sustainable food and land use.

Yara grows knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet, to fulfil its vision of a collaborative society, a world without hunger and a planet respected.  To meet these commitments, Yara has taken the lead in developing digital farming tools for precision farming and works closely with partners throughout the whole food value chain to develop more climate-friendly crop nutrition solutions. In addition, Yara is committed to working towards sustainable mineral fertilizer production. Yara fosters an open culture of diversity and inclusion that promotes the safety and integrity of its employees, contractors, business partners, and society at large. Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has a worldwide presence with about 17,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries.

Yara is also the founder and sponsor of the Africa Green Revolution Forum convening 2,000+ leaders to transform agriculture. In 2005, Yara initiated what is now the Africa Food Prize, awarded each year to an outstanding individual or institution leading efforts to change farming. It is also a founding partner of the Farm to Market Alliance providing holistic value chain solutions that is demonstrably raising incomes for 145,631 African farmers.

For more information, please visit our website.

Established in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is an African-led and Africa-based institution that puts smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a business that thrives. Together with our partners, we catalyse and sustain inclusive agriculture transformation to increase the incomes and improve food security for 30 million farming households in 11 African countries by 2021.

AGRA drives the bulk of its investments through the Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, The German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

For more information, visit our website, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry – including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions.

With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product
and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the Company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come.  We do this through an extensive portfolio in seed solutions, crop protection, and software and digital services focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability.

At Corteva Agriscience we grow progress by putting farmers and consumers at the heart of agriculture, to help reshape the industry for the 21st century. We believe that the future of farming depends on aligning the food chain from end to end, so that we can work together to build agriculture into an industry that is more financially secure, sustainable, innovative and responsive. We are helping to shape an industry better able to understand and react to global market demands, that can effectively harness science, technology and innovation to optimize productivity, and which has the know-how and resources to help chart its own long-term success in the face of challenge and change.

For more information. please visit our website.

The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) is a membership-based regional farmers’ organisation that represents the common interests of farmers of southern Africa. Its core membership is drawn from general interest apex national farmers’ associations in the respective countries in the region. Currently it has a membership of 18 organisations from 12 countries, representing well over 5 million farming households.

The membership is diverse, in terms of size, farming systems and other characteristics.  For example, whilst most represent predominantly the smallholder sector, a few cater for the large-scale commercial farmers. Some of the members are mature and well established, while others are still young and fledgling. The majority are anglophone, whilst others speak French or Portuguese.

SACAU’s involvement in agricultural development is underpinned by a vision of a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable farming sector that ensures food and nutrition security and drives economic growth and development in southern Africa. We aim to be the main voice of farmers on regional, continental and global matters, and to promote and ensure strong and effective farmers’ organisations in all countries in southern Africa.

For more information, please visit our website.

The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) works to strengthen smallholder agriculture in developing countries. It helps farmers improve their harvests and sell their produce in lucrative markets.

SFSA puts particular emphasis on smallholders’ resilience in the face of climate change. An important feature of its work is the encouragement of entrepreneurship in the young rural generation. The overall aim is to give small-scale farming a brighter future as a profession of choice.

SFSA is a Swiss-based non-profit created by the global agribusiness Syngenta. The foundation is independent of the company and has its own Board. SFSA and its predecessor foundations have been working in Africa for almost 40 years.

Today’s initiatives are grouped into Access to Seeds (Seeds2B), Agricultural Insurance Solutions and Agriservices. All three streams are supported by activities in R&D and Policy.

Further information is available on www.syngentafoundation.org

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