April 29, 2024

AFEX’s launches impact report, indicates increased focus on climate interventions for Africa’s food security 

AFEX’s launches impact report, indicates increased focus on climate interventions for Africa's food security

By Cynthia Alo

AFEX, a leading Pan-African commodities player, has released its second impact report covering its activities over the past five years.

The company which launched operations in 2014 has worked with over 500,000 farmers and executed over 1,000,000 MT in trades since inception.

Following the publication of its first impact report in 2021, AFEX has doubled down on driving impact through its work in Africa’s commodities markets, positively contributing to SDGs 1, 2, 5, 8, 12 and 13.  

The new report features an updated version of the AFEX theory of change, which was released for the first time in 2021, when the first report was published.

Climate change effects have become increasingly relevant in Africa, with farmers facing record impacts on their activities. Floods, increased droughts, and fewer rainfalls have threatened farmer productivity, resulting in food insecurity.

AFEX is contributing to enabling sustainable climate resilient agriculture for farmers in Africa, which helps increase Africa’s food security while achieving self- sufficiency for the continent. 

The report stated, “Rural poverty in Nigeria is more widespread in 2023 compared to baseline measurement in 2020”.

According to the report, over 80% of Nigerian farmers still existed around and below the poverty line compared to 43% of Kenyan farmers existing around and below the poverty line.

AFEX, which has operations across these two countries highlighted its efforts to secure livelihoods including providing farmers with certified seeds, quality fertilizer as well as extension and storage services through strategically distributed warehouses. 

Commenting, Ayodeji Balogun, Group CEO, AFEX, stated: “Our impact goals are essential as we grow our business and expand, as it ensures that we are able to build a commodities market that is as inclusive as it is efficient. We look to create a positive difference in the places that we operate, empowering farming communities, fostering economic opportunity and helping Africa sustainably provide for itself.” 

Also commenting, Akinyinka Akintunde, President, AFEX Nigeria, said, “This report marks a significant milestone for AFEX. It serves as a roadmap that guides us towards a more sustainable and responsible future building an efficient marketplace for commodities in Africa. 

‘‘We will continue to build a food system for the future and create shared prosperity, ensuring that no one is left behind in the journey to transform the agricultural ecosystem.”