The Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora (AAAPD) is a new organization founded in 2008 and launched in 2010 at the World Bank, DC with the assistance of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is comprised of a database of multi-disciplinary African Professionals in the Diaspora, many of them academicians, researchers, extension specialists, agricultural economists and development agents. Most of them have 10-20 years’ experience working in different capacities in various regions of Africa in addition to their international experience. AAAPD provides a platform where the Diasporians interact and discuss hot issues affecting African development and solicit novel ideas to develop African agriculture. AAAPD hypothesizes that improving small holder farmer productivity is the key to enhancing African development. To this end, working with collaborators in Africa and abroad, AAAPD will help catalyze Africa’s agricultural transformation by facilitating agricultural information and technology exchange, encouraging public-private sector investment and collaboration in agricultural research, extension, and training, and advancing agricultural policy dialogue that enhances smallholder farmer productivity and rural business development.