Africa has enormous potential, not only to feed itself and eliminate hunger and food insecurity, but also to be a major player in global food markets. This potential lies in its land, water and oceans, in its men and women, in its knowledge and huge markets. For centuries, agriculture has driven economic growth in countries across the globe, and African nations are following the same path out of poverty. With agriculture accounting for 65 per cent of the continent’s employment and 75 per cent of its domestic trade, it is likely to drive Africa’s economic growth for years to come. Small- holder farmers will be the backbone of that effort.