The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the CGIAR System Organization have pledged to work closely with African leaders to address rising hunger on the continent and shore up adequate financing to transform and modernize Africa’s food production.
The number of people living with hunger across the African continent rampantly increased between 2015 and 2020. The impact of climate change, rising fragility and conflict, is taking a toll on the continent.
AfDB and the other organizations will conduct a two-day high-level dialogue will focus on modernizing food production, making African agriculture more business oriented, and strengthening agriculture value chains.
Getting new and appropriate technologies into the hands of African farmers is a key part of addressing Africa’s agriculture and food security needs.
Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina AfDB President said getting new and appropriate technologies into the hands of African farmers is a key part of addressing Africa’s agriculture and food security needs.
“Unless we show strong collective resolve and turn ambition into reality, we will be confronted with enormous food shortages on the continent. Rapid population growth, urbanization and ongoing climate change will make this certain. The consequences of not acting would be devastating,” he said.
The dialogue is an opportunity to share achievements and lessons from across the African continent and accelerate agricultural transformation.
IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo said Africa has the potential to feed itself and feed the world.
“If we commit today to increasing investments in modernizing agriculture, providing skills, finance and better access to food value chains, agriculture has the potential to become a thriving and successful sector that creates jobs and provides livelihoods for small-scale farmers and rural populations in particular, for millions of young Africans joining the job market,” he said.
Across the continent, hunger poses an even greater risk than Covid-19. Agricultural and agro-business related activities could provide employment opportunities for millions of young Africans, who account for 70% of the population.
The food security summit will showcase the African Development Bank’s highly successful Technologies for African Agricultural Technologies (TAAT) and other development partner success stories.
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