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Achieving Zero Hunger in Africa is within reach, say global Agriculture leaders in Rome ahead of 2023 African Food Summit in Dakar

The goal of the Dakar 2 conference is to mobilize political support for the structural transformation of agriculture in Africa

Eradicating hunger in Africa by 2030 is possible, said global agriculture leaders in Rome. Meeting ahead of the African Food Summit (Dakar 2) to be hosted by President Macky Sall in Dakar, Senegal, from 25-27 January 2023, President of the African Development Bank Group (https://www.AfDB.org/en) Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the International Fund for…

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Liberia: African Development Bank Group approves $5.12 million financing for Emergency Food Production Program

The funding includes a grant of $2.28 million and a loan of $2.84 million from the Bank Group’s Transition Support Facility

The Board of directors of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) has approved financing for the Emergency Food Production Program in Liberia (http://bit.ly/3gu1AM3). This paves the way for the government to support farmers as they increase climate resilient food production and mitigate the impact of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The funding…

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Ghana: African Development Fund approves $27.9 million grant for Savannah Agriculture Value Chain Development Project (SADP)

The grant will increase the climate-resilient production of maize, rice and soybean, support the poultry value chain, and generate employment for women and youth

The Board of Directors of the African Development (https://www.AfDB.org) Fund has approved a $27.9 million grant to Ghana for the development of agricultural value chains in the Savannah region. The grant will increase the climate-resilient production of maize, rice and soybean, support the poultry value chain, and generate employment for women…

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    • L-R: Sierra Leone’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Abu Bakarr Karim; Senegal’s Minister of Agriculture, Ali Ngouille; Norwegian Minister of International Development, Anne Beathe Tvinnereim; African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina; Ghana’s Minister of Food and Agriculture, Owusu Afriyie Akoto; World Bank Regional Director for Sustainable Development for Africa, Simeon Ehui; and IFAD Vice-President for Knowledge and Strategy, Jo Puri.
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Conference of the Parties (COP27): African Ministers Explore Ways to Scale up Food Production to Feed the Continent, Bolster Resilience

During the special ministerial session, there was a strong consensus that Africa can feed itself if supported with green financing and climate-smart technology to boost agriculture productivity

African agriculture ministers attending the United Nations climate summit in Egypt reiterated a commitment to work with development partners to unlock the continent’s agriculture potential. During the special ministerial session, there was a strong consensus that Africa can feed itself if supported with green financing and climate-smart technology to boost…

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In Togo, the African Development Bank-supported Agro-Food Processing Project hits its stride

The project is financed by the African Development Bank (47%), West African Development Bank (28%), the Government of Togo (17%) and the Seamaul Foundation (8%)

In the pilot agropole of Kara, located some 423 kilometres north of Lomé, the capital city of Togo, there is a constant hum of bulldozers and harrowers. A few metres away from the deafening noise, engineers and agricultural technicians are supervising the work and talking to community representatives. Launched at…

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Comoros: African Development Bank Provides Nearly €6 Million to Boost Food Production

The grant funds will come from the African Development Bank’s Transition Support Facility, a mechanism to help fragile African states

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (https://www.AfDB.org/) has approved a €5.76 million grant to the Comoros to increase food production and enhance the resilience of its food system.  The move comes as the country has experienced rising food prices due to the war in Ukraine. The…

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77th United Nations General Assembly meetings stress key African Development Bank priorities: climate finance, job creation, and food insecurity

African Development Bank Group President Dr Akinwumi Adesina led the bank’s delegation to the meetings

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) had several productive engagements around its strategic priorities at the just concluded 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meetings in New York. Meeting highlights included an urgent call for increased financing to mitigate the effects of climate change and food insecurity. African Development Bank Group…

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Madagascar: Yields increase for youth enterprises, thanks to an African Development Fund Project

The project has enabled the development of 13,086 hectares of land, including 2,064 hectares in the lowlands

Launched in 2016, the Young Rural Enterprises Project in the Central West of Madagascar has helped improve agricultural yields. Yields of rice and maize doubled, according to a project progress report released by the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) on 30 August 2022. The African Development Fund, the Bank Group's concessional…

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African Development Bank sponsor of African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)

Bank to participate in more than a dozen AGRF events

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) returns as a top-tier partner of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) – Africa’s largest agriculture conference – taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 6-9 September 2022. On Monday, the Bank kicked off its AGRF 2022 activities by co-organizing a pre-forum side event focused on the…

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Averting an African food crisis: The African Emergency Food Production Facility (By Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina)

Fertilizer price hikes of over 300% make it increasingly difficult for African farmers to grow enough wheat, maize, rice and other crops

It didn’t take long for Russia’s war in Ukraine to impact Africa. Already grappling with soaring inflation and still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, Africa now faces a shortage of at least 30 million metric tons of food—especially wheat, maize and soybean imported from Russia and Ukraine. Fertilizer price hikes…