Our research indicates that only 30 percent of transformations succeed. A critical constraint is leadership’s behavior and capabilities. From top-level leaders to farmer-facing change agents, there are opportunities to give leaders the tools and training they need. Even the most skilled leaders struggle to manage change at the scale required for a rural transformation. And many change agents are asked to take on new and unfamiliar responsibilities as frontline drivers of important transformation initiatives. Without adequate preparation, these leaders and change agents become frustrated and overwhelmed, often burning out and putting the whole effort at risk.

What we do

At the McKinsey Center for Agricultural Transformation, we understand the challenges leaders and change agents will face and have devised strategies and tools to help them succeed.

Through our Africa Delivery Hub, for example, we are able to embed technical advisers within governments to help troubleshoot day-to-day challenges and build the skills of frontline managers.

Our Leadership Academy can provide intensive training, ongoing support and access to best practices in management and technical areas, and a peer network to provide continuous feedback and encouragement.

More about how we help clients

Transformation strategy

We partner with governments, donors, companies, and civil society to improve evidence-based planning and set priorities for accelerating agricultural transformation.

Private-sector engagement

We bring an “investor mind-set” to public-sector policies and support private investments needed to enable commercial opportunities that will create jobs and accelerate growth.


Too often, transformation plans fail during implementation. We work closely with stakeholders across public and private sectors, bringing global best practices to drive on-the-ground implementation.

Data and analytics

McKinsey has a firmwide commitment to creating and applying next-generation analytics. We provide world-class agricultural transformation data and analytics to support partners.

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