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AFRICA’S FOOD SYSTEMS IS IN URGENT NEED OF KNOWLEDGE-DRIVEN INTENSIFICATION

AGCELERATE WORKS TO TRANSLATE ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE IN AGRICULTURE INTO PRACTICE

We’re working with talented young people, instigators and innovators, leading academics, researchers and experts to co-create Africa’s food systems through research, training and innovation and accelerating sustainable agribusinesses by linking academic to application trajectory.

WE’RE DRIVEN BY COLLABORATION

"It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." – Charles Darwin

AGcelerate is a global multi-stakeholder partnership initiative. Our strong north-south linkages bring the diversity of tools, resources and experiences while our strong academic and research pedigree makes our work evidence based and knowledge driven.

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Our Core Strands

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Knowledge Transfer

We acknowledge that in as much as knowledge resides primarily in universities, the public also command knowledge bases from which universities can learn. We engage in explicit collaborations for knowledge transfer partnerships for innovation and agripreneurship.

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Agribusiness innovations

Our AGcelerate Lab provides platforms, tools and resources for collaborative innovations in sustainable agribusinesses. The Lab harnesses collaborative potential of innovators to build cutting-edge solutions, create jobs, and spearhead community transformation.

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Young People

Key in driving innovation and change is young people; because they are agile! Sadly though, worldwide, youth engagement in agriculture is low, which is reflected in the associations the word evokes: ‘uncool’. AGcelerate seeks to reverse this mentality.

INSIGHTS FROM OUR GLOBAL EXPERTS

Africa's Agriculture needs a quantum leap

“There is a lot of groundwork on small-scale agripreneurship in Africa; the work that has already been done is phenomenal. The problem is that this needs to be scaled up. However, the business environment is not favorable for scaling up; there are a lot of missing links in the value chain and the infrastructure. So what we have observed so far is that these small-scale agribusiness start-ups remain at a certain level. I think that Africa’s agriculture in general needs a quantum leap. And that’s where we come in as universities and academic researchers to provide the knowledge and the research base to accelerate this quantum leap and scaling up of Africa’s agribusiness.”

Prof. Kostas Karantininis,

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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Some of the recent insights from AGcelerate Lab2018

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