The recent article by John Vidal (Gates foundation spends bulk of agriculture grants in rich countries, theguardian.com, 4 November) reports on a study that is misleading. The report, by the non-profit Grain, fails to recognise the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) as an African organisation. While we exist due to generous funding from the Gates Foundation and other donors, we are African-led and headquartered in Africa. Over 95% of our staff is African, working across the 17 African countries where we have programmes. And 96% of our grants go to African organisations, universities, scientists and small businesses to achieve a single goal: reduce hunger and poverty on our continent by unleashing the potential of the millions of small, family farmers who are the backbone of African agriculture and African economies.