Galvanising inclusive investment into African agriculture
In 2011, Wasafiri realised that while the African Union’s plan for transforming agriculture (CAADP) was making progress with the public sector, it risked stalling unless a private-sector response was triggered. At the same time, the World Economic Forum’s private sector-led “New Vision for Agriculture” was calling for transformative multi-stakeholder partnerships, but needed government counterparts to provide political leadership to advance enabling environment improvements.
Wasafiri connected these two efforts and Grow Africa was born. It was conceived as a partnership platform to accelerate investments for sustainable growth in African agriculture. Convened by the AUC, the NEPAD Agency, and the World Economic Forum, Grow Africa generates concrete commitments by companies for inclusive and responsible agri-investment, and facilitates multi-stakeholder collaboration to ensure this investment delivers shared value, as both commercial returns and a beneficial impact on jobs, incomes, and food security.