Agriculture and Food Insecurity Risk Management (AFIRM)

The livelihoods of millions of African producers are constantly threatened by a broad range of risks from climate and other natural hazards, to price volatility and unpredictable markets and policies. These risk factors are major impediments to expanding financial services, investment and hence productivity in agriculture. Agriculture Risk Management within the NEPAD Agency is designed to foster a shift in mind-set from managing crises to managing risks. This is done by providing support to Regional Economic Communities and African countries to mainstream agriculture and food security risk management in their implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), thereby boosting productivity and profitability.

 

 

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By 2016, at least 300,000 farmers in Niger, Ethiopia and Uganda have received Agriculture and Food Insecurity Risk Management (AFIRM) Tools (insurance schemes on selected crops, agriculture and market information, storage, reduced post-harvest losses and social safety nets).

The livelihoods of millions of African producers are constantly threatened by a broad range of risks from climate and other natural hazards, to price volatility and unpredictable markets and policies. These risk factors are major impediments to expanding financial services, investment and hence productivity in agriculture.

Agriculture Risk Management within the NEPAD Agency is designed to foster a shift in mind-set from managing crises to managing risks. This is done by providing support to Regional Economic Communities and African countries to mainstream agriculture and food security risk management in their implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), thereby boosting productivity and profitability. 

The project adopts an integrated and cross-sectoral approach to managing risk factors in order to:

  • Mitigate and prevent risk and build the resilience of agriculture producers and actors along the value chain through the stabilisation of production, markets and institutions; 
  • Support the creation of soft infrastructure to provide inclusive productive and financial services in rural areas;
  • Make rural activities attractive to young people by creating a sustainable path for productivity and income growth.

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is a good example of a framework that has inspired and energised African agricultural research institutions, farmers’ associations, African governments and the private sector who believe that agriculture has a pivotal role in...

Brochures

The Risk Management and Resilience Building Initiative provides an integrated strategy that will support rural producers in anticipating, preventing and mitigating the impact of natural hazards and shocks; as well as strengthening their resilience. ...

Policy Briefs

The policy brief presents challenges faced by countries and regional economic communities in implementing CAADP, in the context of fluctuating food prices. It explores the key structural drivers of higher and more volatile prices and unpacks associated consequences....

Presented in this policy brief are different agricultural risks and applicable risk management instruments which can be implemented at regional and national level, to guide decision makers in the mitigation of the negative effects of these agricultural risks. An in depth...

Policy Report

Contributing to the goal of enhancing “resilience of livelihoods and production systems to climate variability and other related risks,” as stated in the Malabo Declaration; this document presents basic concepts, country experiences and guidelines to agriculture and food...

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