AGRA exists to fulfill the vision that Africa can feed itself and the world. Investing in agriculture is the surest path to reducing poverty and hunger in Africa. Despite the challenges African farmers face today - poor soils, degraded soils, unreliable water supplies, poor access to markets, insufficient access to finance and credit and too little government support - Africa's smallholder farmers produce most of Africa's food. Africa is blessed with unique regions characterized by good soils, adequate rainfall, basic infrastructure and large numbers of smallholder farmers. These are Africa's breadbasket areas where there exists tremendous potential to increase farmer productivity as well as implement ideas and solutions that if successful could be scaled up in other countries.