Our Work in Africa


Since the establishment of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa Regional Office in 1966, the Foundation has forged strong ties with African governments, academic institutions and pan-African entities. Such key partnerships have allowed the Foundation to support capacity and institution building on the continent through a post-doctoral fellows program (RockyDocs) and seeding of regional entities including African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

With roughly one third of our resources going to Africa, our regional office plays a critical role in executing and ensuring the integration of the Foundation’s Food, Energy and Health strategies. Similarly, the regional office leads advocacy efforts to promote progressive policies and catalyze investments geared towards Africa’s growth and prosperity.

Regional Initiatives at a Glance

  • Achieving Health for All


    At The Rockefeller Foundation, we envision a world in which every community health system is equipped to apply data-driven decisions to predict and prevent disease, illness, and death before they occur. In Uganda, we are working with in-country partners to end preventable maternal and child deaths, manage against health risks, and achieve health for all through a Precision Public Health approach that optimizes data-driven community health delivery.
  • Nourish the World


    Our East Africa food initiative focuses on improving the urban poor’s access to foods that protect against lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. By working across various value chains in East Africa we aim to ensure that protective foods are not only affordable but also safe and produced in a manner that promotes planetary health.
  • End Energy Poverty


    It is estimated that by 2030, 650 million people will lack access to electricity – the vast majority of them in Africa. Through the Smart Power Africa facility, our focus is on scaling access to safe, reliable, and renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Central to this effort is the development of large-scale, innovative partnerships that break down the silos between traditional utilities and disruptive mini-grid technologies, to address last-mile electrification.

YieldWise Initiative

YieldWise launched in 2016 to reduce post-harvest food loss in Sub-Saharan Africa and prevent food waste in the United States. In just 4 years, we helped achieve a post-harvest loss reduction of 20-30 percent across targeted value chains in Sub-Saharan Africa and identified more than 100 million tons of surplus food per year that can be rescued and redistributed to American families.

  • Woman harvesting vegetables in the field.
  • Person holding grain in their hands.
  • Man harvesting vegetables in the field.
  • Baskets of tomato at an outdoor market.
  • Older woman harvesting produce.
  • Man harvesting greenery in the field.
  • woman holding a basket of figs on top of her head.
    Veronique Abem collect figs while her family work in the fields planting maize, on Friday 22 July 2016 outside Po, Burkina Faso. AGRA is supporting a project - Intensification of Production and Commercialisation of Maize and Soya - in the area. Karel Prinsloo/Arete/Rockefeller Foundation/AGRA
  • Woman harvesting vegetables in the field.

Smart Power Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, 573 million people, or 55 percent of the population, have no access to electricity, and in rural areas, this figure rises to 77 percent. Current trends indicate that the number of un-electrified people will increase by 2030, as population growth outpaces the expansion of elect

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