Africa Holds The Capacity And Technological Resources To Eliminate Hunger- Adesina

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), expressed that Africa has the necessary technological partnerships and resources to combat hunger. In a statement released on the bank’s website, Adesina emphasized the importance of taking action and providing substantial financial support to achieve this goal. He made these remarks during the opening session of the 8th Africa Agribusiness and Science Week (AASW) in Durban, South Africa. The event was organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with various partners such as the South African government, the African Union Commission (AUC), AfDB, and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Other participating organizations included the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the European Commission. Adesina emphasized the need to leverage the power of science, technology, and innovation to establish a more productive, efficient, and competitive agricultural system. He further highlighted the potential of Africa’s food systems to generate one trillion dollars in value over the next seven years. Adesina also underscored the importance of providing ample resources to strengthen institutions such as CGIAR, FARA, and sub-regional agricultural research organizations to enhance agricultural research and development in Africa. He mentioned the Feed Africa Summit, held in Dakar earlier in the year, as one of the bank’s initiatives aimed at improving food security on the continent. The summit resulted in the development of Food and Agricultural Delivery Compacts for 41 countries and garnered $72 billion in support. Adesina concluded by presenting the 2023 FARA Leadership Prizes for Advancing Agricultural Science, Technology, and Innovation in Africa to notable individuals such as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, and Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank. The AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Amb. Josefa Sacko, also emphasized the urgency of addressing the hunger crisis in light of global challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. The event provided a platform for stakeholders in agriculture and agribusiness research and innovation to assess progress, exchange information, establish business partnerships, and set priorities for collaborative action.

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