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Building Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems in Africa (PDF)

Dr. Kwame Yeboah, Coordinator for the AAP/GYAN Youth Transformation Platform, collaborated with Colleagues from Making Cents International and the Bureau of Integrated Rural Development at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, to author Chapter 8 of the Africa Agriculture Status Report 2021: "Capturing the Synergies Between Youth Livelihoods and Resilient Agri-food Systems". Key messages include:
  • Building sustained and resilient agri-food systems in Africa is an intergenerational mandate and demands the active engagement of African youth who constitute a significant share of Africa’s current and projected future population.
  • Youth livelihoods in Africa are intricately intertwined with the performance of the agri-food systems. Hence, public investments that support broad-based agricultural productivity growth and resilience remains a crucial component of an effective youth livelihood strategy.
  • To foster youth engagement, the structure of agri-food systems needs to promote and broaden opportunities that are profitable, less physically arduous, offer quick returns and have low asset requirements.
  • Policies that facilitate youth access to productive resources (land, finance, digital technology, mechanization) and create enabling environment to develop their skills and innovative capacity are critical to enhancing youth engagements and effective contribution to building resilient agri-food systems.
  • Harnessing youth potential for resilient agri-food systems requires youth-focused initiatives to actively integrate positive youth development approaches, elevate youth voices in program and policy decisions, and carefully segment and tailor interventions to the needs of the heterogeneous youth population. 

Summary Report of AAP Convening (PDF)

Michigan State University International Studies and Programs and African Studies Center hosted a co-creation workshop to engage invited African guests and MSU faculty in open discussion and collaboration on the changing landscape in Africa and the future of institutional partnerships. This workshop provided an opportunity for the MSU community and African leaders to come together to share and build upon ideas about partnership, provide meaningful feedback, and identify the best approaches for building the AAP.

The purpose of this convening was to consider new ways that MSU and its partners in Africa can work together to address the emerging challenges of the new Millennium. The focus of the workshop was on partnerships— understanding previous experiences with partnership, identifying the crucial elements of partnership, and innovating new ways to expand the range of effective and sustainable partnerships to promote research, teaching, outreach, and mutual capacity building.

Rethinking African Partnerships for Global Solutions (PDF)

This is the first in a series of publications that will be put out by the Alliance for African Partnership on various aspects of partnerships in the African context. This edited volume and inaugural AAP publication was the product of numerous discussions in 2016 and 2017 with colleagues in African universities, research institutes, governments, private sector organizations and civil society, as well as with strategic development partners and MSU's Africanist faculty. It is a joint effort between MSU and African contributors and examines the history and trends of partnership as well as aspects of partnership that align with the AAP's three pillars: Building Bridges, Transforming Institutions, and Transforming Lives.

Enhancing United States Efforts to Develop Sustainable Agri-Food Systems in Africa (PDF)

In this policy brief, AAP colleagues lay out a new approach for development assistance in Africa—one that shifts the role of international partner organizations. Instead of providing the technologies, services and answers themselves, partners should help African organizations to do so. The authors emphasize the need to strengthen land grant-type public institutions in Africa that played a huge role in the development of U.S. agriculture.

The Agrifood Youth Employment and Engagement Study (AgYees)

AgYees examines the potential of sub-Saharan Africa's agrifood systems to provide new jobs for unemployed, underemployed and disadvantaged youth, and identifies constraints affecting the capacity of youth to take up these economic opportunities.

AAP Strategic Plan 2018-2022 (PDF)

AAP has prioritized a series of consultations and key events with policy makers and other partners, as well as a seed grant program that demonstrates our innovative partnership approach. Building on this initial momentum, over the past six months, the AAP has gone through a process of critical review and introspection. Guided by our senior management, advisory board and feedback from consultation meetings, we have identified key partners and addressed some of the barriers that arose during the AAP’s initial implementation phase. As a result, we have clarified our goals and priorities, evaluated and reconfigured our governance structure and more clearly defined our approach for the next five years. We expect this strategic plan will set the AAP on a growth trajectory. The following sections will lay out the AAP’s governance and structure, value proposition, accomplishments and success stories, partners, financial model and the communication approaches that we plan to use over the strategic planning period. This will provide the underlying framework for accomplishing our strategic activities outlined in this document.

Challenges of creating alliances across borders: midterm reflections from the Alliance for African Partnership (PDF)

Co-authored by Dr. Isaac Minde, AAP Associate Director, and Dr. Jamie Monson, AAP Senior Advisor. This was the fruit of a collaboration that began at the Bordeaux conference on Ethics of Development and was then solicited for inclusion in a special issue of the Journal of Global Ethics. Dr. Minde presented some of this work at the RUFORUM conference in Nairobi in 2018.