The Grow Africa partnership was founded jointly by the African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the World Economic Forum in 2011. Grow Africa works to increase private sector investment in agriculture, and accelerate the execution and impact of investment commitments. The aim is to enable countries to realise the potential of the agriculture sector for economic growth and job creation, particularly among farmers, women and youth. Grow Africa brokers collaboration between governments, international and domestic agriculture companies, and smallholder farmers in order to lower the risk and cost of investing in agriculture, and improve the speed of return to all stakeholders. The partnership engages over 300 organisations working to implement over USD 10 billion in investment commitments in 12 countries.
Grow Africa commenced its move in 2016 to its new African home in Johannesburg, recruited a new Executive Director, established a NEPAD- based secretariat, and is completing its transition to an Africa-based team.
Grow Africa’s work focuses on four areas: