Photos from Africa Lead Activities

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What is Africa Lead?

Africa Lead is a program sponsored by the U.S. government’s Agency for International Development (USAID). It operates across three regions in Sub-Saharan Africa from two offices. Working across public, civil society, university and private sector institutions, Africa Lead seeks to ensure that there are leaders trained to maintain a critical mass of food security “Champions” who will drive agriculture-led development by leading and implementing the Regional and National Agriculture Investment Plans within the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) framework.

What is the U.S. Government’s interest in Africa Lead?

Africa Lead Offices

Feed the Future (FTF) is the U.S. Government’s response to the global imperative to advance comprehensive food security. When the leaders of the G8 donor countries met in 2009, they established a framework for coordinated and comprehensive action among host governments, donors, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders. This collaborative global effort centers around country-owned processed and plans to improve food security.

Africa Lead is a key capacity-building arm of the FTF initiative. It marks a radical departure from USAID’s customary level of engagement with host-country governments. FTF calls not simply for host-country partnership – long a tenet of most projects – but for genuine host-country leadership.

What does the Africa Lead program do?

The project is providing four main services to participating countries and regions:

Africa Leadership Training and Capacity Building Program


USAID contacts: EA Peter Ewell; SA William Benjamin; WA Evans Lartey USAID/SD Jeff Hill, Jennifer Maurer