Training Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow in Africa

The Africa LEAD Project provides training in management, leadership and technical skills to 1,600 rising food security leaders from government, private sector and civil society organizations in fourteen African countries.

These leaders promote, defend and sustain the development of agriculture in their countries.

Africa LEAD was developed to support USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative, a Presidential initiative, and the larger Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), developed by the African Union. CAADP is designed to increase African agricultural production by six percent annually, helping to eradicate hunger and decreasing poverty through sustainable African agriculture.

The USAID-funded project will also provide institutional strengthening services to a wide range of institutes that support African agriculture, including training institutes, agricultural and related ministries, and NGOs.

The project’s monitoring and evaluation system will be harmonized with the larger African Union effort to ensure that the program will have a wide set of comparative data to assess impact and guide program management.

MSI’s LEAD project team, as a subcontractor to DAI, trains agricultural leaders in the public and private sectors to keep food security at the forefront of development. The program strengthens networks of practitioners at the country, regional and continent levels. MSI is responsible for monitoring and evaluation and assessments of the project in order to help increase institutional capacity and address food security.

In the past few months, Africa LEAD has conducted detailed capacity assessments in order to work towards effective management and sustainability of the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel, the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development, and Economic Community of West African States.

The project recently conducted an assessment of the CAADP program in Nigeria and produced case studies of best practices in Rwanda and Ethiopia.