The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

bullet Last Updated: May 30, 2014
Launched in 2012, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition ushered in a new phase of global investment in food security and nutrition, building on previous G8 efforts. The New Alliance is a shared commitment to achieve sustained and inclusive agricultural growth and raise 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years.
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The New Alliance includes the commitments of:

  • Africa’s leadership to drive effective country plans and policies for food security
  • Private sector partners to increase investments where the conditions are right
  • Donors to expand Africa’s potential for rapid and sustainable agricultural growth

Feed the Future serves as the principal vehicle through which the United States contributes to the New Alliance. In line with the foundational principles of Feed the Future, the New Alliance follows the new model for development that supports country-driven approaches to development with input and collaboration from local organizations and leaders to ensure lasting results for smallholder farmers and their families.

Progress 

In its first two years, the New Alliance has expanded to ten African countries, more than 160 companies (two-thirds African), and over $7 billion in planned investments. For 2013, companies reported making $970 million worth of investments against their commitments and through New Alliance and Grow Africa partnerships, these investments reached 2.6 million smallholders through services, training, sourcing, or production contracts and created 33,000 jobs (source: Grow Africa 2nd Annual Report).

As of May 2013, New Alliance governments had made progress against 96 percent of the policy actions they had committed to by that date, and one-third of policy actions had been achieved. In that same period, donors had disbursed an estimated 91 percent of their funding commitments. Updated data on policy commitments and donor funding will be available in the forthcoming 2014 New Alliance Progress Report.

New Alliance Resources

Country Cooperation Frameworks

New Alliance Country Cooperation Frameworks align with priority activities within each partner’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) national investment plan and outline specific commitments from:

  • African leaders to refine specific policies in order to improve investment opportunities and drive their country-led plans on food security
  • Private sector companies, who have collectively committed more than $7 billion to increase investments
  • Donor partners, who reaffirm their commitment to align their support with the priorities of CAADP national investment plans and support accelerated implementation of these plans.

All partners also jointly commit to review the performance of Country Cooperation Frameworks annually and to take account of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (“the Voluntary Guidelines”).

In each New Alliance country, one development partner serves as a lead interlocutor with the partner country, private sector, and other stakeholders. This development partner supports the partner government to develop a country-led Cooperation Framework that outlines their engagement plans and goals through the New Alliance. The development partner lead also coordinates with the host country on New Alliance implementation and monitoring.

CountryJoined

Development

Partner Lead

Cooperation

Framework

Benin   2013   

Germany

DFID website

Burkina Faso   2012   

France

English  |  French

Cote D'Ivoire   2012   

European Union

English  |  French

Ethiopia   

2012   

United States

English

Ghana   2012   

United States

English

Malawi   2013   

European Union

DFID website

Mozambique   2012   

Japan & United States

English  |  Portuguese

Nigeria   2013   

United Kingdom

DFID website

Senegal   2013   

Canada

DFID website | French

Tanzania   2012   

United States

English

Leadership Council

At the 2012 Camp David Summit, New Alliance partners agreed to convene a Leadership Council to drive and track implementation of New Alliance commitments. In 2014, the Leadership Council is co-chaired by the African Union, the World Economic Forum, and the United States. Other members include representatives from farmers’ organizations, partner governments, development partners, civil society organizations and the private sector. The Leadership Council convened its first meeting in September 2012 and has been meeting twice a year since. The most recent Leadership Council meeting took place May 7, 2014 on the margins of the Grow Africa Investment Forum in Abuja, Nigeria.

Enabling Actions

In addition to commitments outlined in Country Cooperation Frameworks, New Alliance partners have also committed to enabling actions designed to accelerate progress in the areas of finance and markets, science and technology, and risk management. These actions will help create an environment that enables accelerated private sector investment in Africa, particularly to benefit smallholder farmers and women. The enabling actions support the implementation of the New Alliance Country Cooperation Frameworks and are integrated into country food security strategies. The enabling actions available to partner countries are listed below. For a full description of the specific enabling action commitments and their status as of May 2013, please see Annex 4 of the 2013 New Alliance Progress Report.

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