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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. Its employees come from various cultural backgrounds and are experts in the multiple fields of activity FAO engages in. FAO’s staff capacity allows it to support improved governance inter alia, generate, develop and adapt existing tools and guidelines and provide targeted governance support as a resource to country and regional level FAO offices. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, FAO is present in over 130 countries.

Desjardins Développement international (DID)

For more than 40 years, Développement international Desjardins (DID) has been working with developing and emerging countries towards the goal of sharing the expertise and experience of Desjardins Group, the largest cooperative financial group in Canada. Our goal is to provide disadvantaged communities around the world with access to secure, diversified financial services that fit their needs.

A pioneer in the deployment and development of microfinance around the world, DID today is a leading contributor to the sector.

AGRA-Growing Africa’s Agriculture

AGRA exists to fulfill the vision that Africa can feed itself and the world. Investing in agriculture through stronger partnerships is the surest path to reducing poverty and hunger in Africa.

AGRA is a dynamic partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger.

AGRA’s programs develop practical solutions to significantly boost farm productivity and incomes for the poor while safeguarding the environment.

AGRA works to catalyze a uniquely African Green Revolution by creating transformative partnerships.
Despite the challenges African farmers face today – poor soils, degraded soils, unreliable water supplies, poor access to markets, insufficient access to finance and credit and too little government support – Africa‘s smallholder farmers produce most of Africa‘s food.

Africa is blessed with unique regions characterized by good soils, adequate rainfall, basic infrastructure and large numbers of smallholder farmers.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

CTA is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Our mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

IFAD, a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. The conference was organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. It resolved that “an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries.” One of the most important insights emerging from the conference was that the causes of food insecurity and famine were not so much failures in food production but structural problems relating to poverty, and to the fact that the majority of the developing world’s poor populations were concentrated in rural areas.

Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A)

The Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership is an initiative to support the development of African Financial Sectors. MFW4A is a unique platform for African governments, the private sector, and development partners to coordinate financial sector development interventions across the continent, avoiding duplication and maximizing developmental impact.