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Agriculture Development & Food Security

We help to improve agri-food systems around the world by bringing innovative thinking, multi-disciplinary expertise, a nuanced understanding of the private sector, and world-class analytics.
About three-quarters of the world’s impoverished population depends on agriculture for a living, and low-income families on every continent struggle with accessing nutritious food. Our commitment to fighting world hunger, poverty, and malnutrition can be seen in our support for governments, companies, donors, development banks, and civil society tackling complex challenges. We help to improve agri-food systems around the world by bringing innovative thinking, multi-disciplinary expertise, a nuanced understanding of the private sector, and world-class analytics. In addition, we partner with the McKinsey Center for Agricultural Transformation and Food Security to accelerate successful agricultural transformations for governments, companies, and society.

What We Do

Plan for transformations in rural economies
Raise smallholder farmers out of poverty
Improve the services of food banks and pantries
Tackle deforestation
Address the impacts of climate change
Plan for an epidemic of obesity
Fight childhood stunting

Examples of our work

Designing an agricultural transformation

Supported an Eastern European public authority in designing a new agricultural subsidy model with a 30 percent return on investment on subsidies and a $600 million boost in farmgate revenue.

Realizing a digital transformation for an African bank

Supported an East African bank in realizing a digital transformation and co-creating a mobile wallet and agro-dealer app for supply and stock management. With this, it was possible to register 3.3 million farming households with a potential impact on GDP growth of 6 percent a year.

Navigating climate change and agri-food systems

Forecasted near-term changes in crop-yield volatility due to precipitation trends in sub-Saharan African countries.

Optimizing data and analytics

Built a digital food-balance sheet for an African government to track the stocks, production, trade, and consumption of maize.

Featured Capabilities

McKinsey Center for Agricultural Transformation

Helping accelerate agricultural transformations worldwide.

ACRE

ACRE combines proprietary market outlooks, pricing data, and expert insights to help food companies, governments, investors, and agriculture players make better pricing, crop selection, and sales and marketing decisions.

Featured insights

Collection

Food security

This collection of articles and multimedia draws together McKinsey’s thinking on food security. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect access to food for many, what can food banks, distribution partners, philanthropic foundations, and the private sector do to increase resilience and ensure that people across North America have reliable access to nutritious meals?
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How digital innovation is transforming agriculture: Lessons from India

– Four leaders in Indian agriculture discuss the sector’s challenges and digital innovation’s potential impact on smallholder farmers.
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Winning in Africa’s agricultural market

– Private-sector companies can find practical solutions to enter and grow in Africa’s agricultural market.
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Successful agricultural transformations: Six core elements of planning and delivery

– How can countries increase their odds of a successful rural transformation?

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