Farmers in Malawi. Photo by: AfDB

KIGALI, Rwanda — Across sub-Saharan Africa, food markets are expanding, driven largely by income growth and rapid urbanization. At the same time, limited access to finance for smallholder farmers remains a barrier for many producers seeking to expand output beyond subsistence levels.

During last week’s African Green Revolution Forum, experts focused on how opportunities in innovative and blended finance could bridge the gap toward the estimated $11 billion in investments that, according to the United Nations, is needed each year to help the continent establish self-sufficiency and feed itself by 2050.

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  • Christin roby

    Christin Roby

    Christin Roby is the West Africa Correspondent for Devex. Based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, she covers global development trends, health, technology, and policy. Before relocating to West Africa, Christin spent several years working in local newsrooms and earned her Master of Science in videography and global affairs reporting from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her informed insight into the region stems from her diverse coverage of more than a dozen African nations.