Aspen Institute

For Establishment Of The TransFarm Africa Policy Network On Agriculture, Trade, And Food Security

Overview
Beginning in 2006, Hewlett Foundation staff and consultants conducted an in-depth consultation to identify and build upon the best of the growing consensus about how to manage the pressing problems of food insecurity, donor fragmentation, and deteriorating livelihoods among the rural poor of sub-Saharan Africa. This consultation led to the launch of TransFarm Africa, a multi-donor initiative to advance equitable and sustainable smallholder commercial agriculture along Africa’s Development Corridors in ways that would improve the income of smallholder farmers, particularly women, and integrate them into a dynamic, internationally competitive regional food economy. The TransFarm Africa Policy Network would address international impediments to the growth of strong regional agricultural markets and food systems in Africa. The Network will be housed at the Aspen Institute and will be fully integrated into Aspen’s Global Health and Development program, working to identify, assess, and support innovative strategies for the alleviation of global poverty.
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