Africa Harvest Biotechnology Foundation International (Africa Harvest) was founded in 2002 and is incorporated in the USA as a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. Its headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya and it has regional offices in Washington DC, USA and Johannesburg, South Africa.
To be a lead contributor in freeing Africa from hunger, poverty and malnutrition.
To use science and technology, gender-sensitive, appropriate agricultural technologies and innovative institutional approaches to improve the livelihoods of rural communities, particularly SHFs.
The Board of Directors is the apex decision making body, entrusted with the responsibility of governance on behalf of both the beneficiaries and development partners. The Board takes responsibility for operational review, financial oversight, business ethics and fiduciary matters of the organization.
The Africa Harvest Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is a member of the Board and also chairs the quarterly Senior Management Team (SMT), which consists of Program Directors and Project Managers. The CEO’s dual role – as member of the Board and Chair of the SMT – ensures a seamless link between the management and the Board.
Team of qualified professional staff
Africa Harvest’s team of professionals has unique expertise in designing and implementing projects that link the entire agricultural value chain to enterprise development and rapid adoption of new technologies that promise major socio-economic gains. They have expertise in project management, product development, product deployment, communication for development, regulations and biosafety. Project implementation occurs within the technical themes and are interwoven to complement each other in addressing the institution’s focus on
hunger, poverty and malnutrition.
Each of the organization’s six programs are headed by a Director who has immense experience in program and project design and implementation. Project Managers oversee and manage specific project portfolios. Each project has Project Officers and Technical Advisors. The organization invests heavily in the improvement of skills and competencies of its staff through training, mentoring and exposure to equip and improve the capacity of the human resource to deliver superior results, value and impact for the benefit of the target communities.
In 2012, Africa Harvest laid out a 10-year Strategic Plan (SP) (2012–2022) targeting to reach 0ne million rural households in 10 countries in East, West and Southern Africa aiming to:
• Reduce rural poverty and food insecurity through improved agricultural systems by using science and technology.
• Ensure that enhanced agricultural production is sustainable and dependable, has minimum
negative environmental impact, and can cope with climate change.
• Improve the nutrition and health of smallholder farming families and poor consumers in Africa.
• Provide equitable access to information and knowledge on improved agricultural technologies to smallholders in Africa and develop farmers’ organizations to facilitate this process.
• Facilitate development of agricultural value chains by involving and empowering all relevant
stakeholders from farmers to consumers.
Our five approaches
1. Use of science and technology.
2. Technology development and deployment.
3. Value chain development for key agricultural commodities.
4. Empowerment of farmers, both men and women.
5. Partnership with farming communities, research institutions, and other organizations that share Africa Harvest’s mission.
Our 10 values
All Africa Harvest actions are guided by a commitment to:
2. Innovation and creativity
3. Institutional and scientific integrity and accountability
4. Gender consciousness
5. Diversity of opinion and approach
6. Service to farm families, especially smallholders
7. Cultural diversity
8. Indigenous knowledge
9. Environmental protection
10. Make an impact
Our 10 guiding principles
1. Adherence to Africa Harvest’s vision and mission.
2. Value addition to the national goals of countries in which Africa Harvest operates.
3. Scientific and technical integrity and professional excellence.
4. Commitment to partnerships that strengthen African agriculture.
5. A programmatic approach based on developing the whole value chain approach.
6. Creating and responding to market opportunities.
7. Reaching out and empowering our stakeholders.
8. Ensuring gender equality and benefit sharing from our development interventions.
9. A focus on impact and tangible results to our beneficiaries.
10. Mainstreaming social, human and environmental concerns, specifically climate change, gender, HIV and AIDS.