At ONE, our focus on agriculture in Africa is its poverty reducing potential. We believe that engagement with large agribusinesses within the context of global development must include concrete benefits for smallholder farmers and rural communities. These benefits could include increased (and more consistent) incomes, better health and nutrition, and economic empowerment of women.
In this paper, we confront head on the concerns about the New Alliance and ask: are investments in the New Alliance designed to deliver these benefits to farmers? Do New Alliance investments treat smallholder farmers as simply buyers of multinational companies’ products, or as entrepreneurs and sellers of their own agricultural products? How are women farmers being included? And finally, what does the New Alliance plan to do about improving interrelated issues like nutrition and postharvest storage that affect the welfare and livelihoods of farmers and their families?