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African Development Bank approves $1.5 million emergency grant to curb desert locusts ravaging East and Horn of Africa

The proposed assistance will be channeled to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) on Wednesday approved a $1.5 million emergency relief grant to assist nine countries in the East and Horn of Africa on the control of swarms of desert locusts that are threatening livelihoods and food security. The proposed assistance will be…

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In Cameroon, new seed varieties help cocoa crops bloom and farmers thrive

A new seed variety called “Brazilian cacao” is now widely in use, providing far better yields to Cameroonian farmers

Antoine Mani Tonye sinks his thumb into the red soil to gauge how deep to plant the next seedling. The Cameroonian cocoa farmer has seen healthy yields and an improvement in his income since he began planting a locally adapted seed variety developed in a laboratory in the capital Yaounde.…

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Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism launches $2.2 mill project in Nigeria to boost fertilizer supply to 200,000 farmers

The trade credit guarantee project is AFFM’s first in the West African nation and will involve 10 fertilizer suppliers, 12 hub agro-dealers and 120 retail agro-dealers

The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) has kick-started a $2.2 million project to provide fertilizer suppliers in Nigeria with financial support to improve supply for 200,000 smallholder farmers. The trade credit guarantee project is AFFM’s first in the West African nation and will involve 10 fertilizer suppliers, 12 hub agro-dealers…

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Sierra Leone to count on African Development Bank to help build resilient economy, restore self-sufficiency in rice production

Sierra Leone also sought the Bank’s support for the implementation of its free quality education programme

Sierra Leone will look to the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) to stimulate agribusiness development in the country with a focus on rice production, its president Maada Bio told a visiting delegation led by its president Akinwumi Adesina. Adesina began a two-day visit to Sierra Leone on Wednesday, during which he…

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Namibia: African Development Bank approves $121.7 million loan, Euro 3 million grant to support water and sanitation sector

The program will facilitate sustainable production and transfer of water resources to improve access to potable water and for agricultural and industrial use

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/en) on Wednesday approved a $121.7 million loan (ZAR 1.893 billion) and Euro 3 million grant from the Rural Water Supply Sanitation Initiative Trust Fund to support Namibia’s “Water Sector Support Program”. The program will facilitate sustainable production and transfer of…

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Bank President Akinwumi Adesina to visit Sierra Leone to discuss nutrition, development plan

Both presidents will use the visit to discuss the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) initiative which works to fight against malnutrition

Who: African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org)  What: President Akinwumi Adesina to hold discussions with President Julius Maada Bio Where: Sierra Leone When: 11 to 13 March 2020 Following a meeting with the President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio at the AU Summit in February 2020, President Akinwumi Adesina will make a visit to…

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Nigeria: Visiting Abia State Governor seeks partnership with African Development Bank to transform state into industrial hub

The State Government’s goal is to transform the region into a manufacturing and industrial powerhouse and create 700,000 jobs over 5 years

A thriving entrepreneurship industry and agricultural base in Nigeria’s Abia State are the foundation for the creation of a potentially viable industrial hub, its governor Okezie Ikpeazu told the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) Tuesday. Ikpeazu met with African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Cote…

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“You have been in the trenches with us,” Ghana Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia tells African Development Bank

Ghana is looking to the Bank for investment in an integrated aluminium industry, using the country’s large bauxite deposit as raw materials

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) support for the west African nation Ghana has boosted its government’s efforts to consolidate the economy, the country’s Vice President, Mahamudu Bawumia said on Monday. Bawumia, welcoming a team of Executive Directors and senior officials of the Bank on an official visit, cited various Bank-supported…

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Zimbabwe: African Development Bank Executive Directors conduct consultative mission, tour project sites

The delegation also met officials from various ministries, civil society, private sector and multilateral financial institutions

A seven-member delegation of Executive Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) visited Zimbabwe on a week-long fact-finding mission where they held meetings with a number of officials including President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. The delegation also met officials from various ministries, civil society, private sector and multilateral financial institutions, during…

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Nigeria: All hands on deck to implement Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones, says Minister Nanono

A workshop was held in Abuja from 17 to 18 February to address the categorization and location of the SAPZs

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), in collaboration with the government of Nigeria, has held a meeting with stakeholders to discuss details around Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones in Nigeria. A workshop was held in Abuja from 17 to 18 February to address the categorization and location of the SAPZs, which are…