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Put small-scale traders at the heart of efforts to accelerate trade and investment in Africa post COVID-19

The AfCFTA will not in one dramatic swoop alter existing commercial and economic realities on a vast scale, but its implementation could lead the recovery efforts from the COVID-19 crisis – Solomon Quaynor, VP African Development Bank

Industry experts meeting this week for a virtual discussion focused on resetting, retooling and restarting regional integration in Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, underscored the importance of putting small scale traders at the heart of any initiatives. The joint webinar, organized on Tuesday by  the African Development…

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Ghana, African Development Bank Group sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 2021 Annual Meetings

The 56th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank and the 47th Annual Meeting of the African Development Fund are scheduled to take place from 24 to 28 May 2021

“We promise to champion African excellence and deliver a befitting event. We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that this is a seminal event.” – Kenneth Ofori-Atta I would like to assure you of the Bank’s full commitment and availability to accompany the Government of Ghana on this journey…

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25 young African agripreneurs advance to ‘boot camp’ in the African Development Bank’s $120,000 AgriPitch Competition

The final round offers young entrepreneurs in Africa’s agricultural sector the opportunity to pitch their agribusiness proposals online to a panel of experts and investors who will select the winners

Twenty-five young African agripreneurs have advanced to the “boot camp” final round of the African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) AgriPitch competition, stepping closer to a share of $120,000 in seed funding prizes, training and other benefits. The final round offers young entrepreneurs in Africa’s agricultural sector the opportunity to pitch their…

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A Ghanaian maize farmer thrives on the ashes of destroyed forest

Hundreds of farmers are benefitting from a project that repurposes degraded forest land

For years, Christiana Akwabea admired the vast fields she visited in neighboring districts to buy maize for reselling and dreamed of one day owning a plot of land where she could grow the staple crop. But there wasn’t much land for commercial farming in Seikwa in Ghana’s Bono Region, and…

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Dissecting Africa’s Covid-19 response in the extractives sector: diversification, enhancing local content, offer solutions

Several economies in Africa are sustained by the extractive industry, with most national budgets dependent on mining and petroleum exports

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) African Natural Resources Centre (ANRC) and the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) hosted a dialogue on responses by governments and the industry to the COVID-19 pandemic in the extractive sector, focusing on South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. The session, held 21 October and moderated by ALSF Director…

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The Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism, OCP Africa team up to increase access to fertilizers in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana

The project will reduce potential risks along the agricultural value chain, and improve access to quality inputs, including fertilizers, in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has approved the participation of the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM) (www.AfDB.org/en/affm) in a $4 million partial trade credit guarantee with OCP Africa (www.OCPAfrica.com), a subsidiary of the OCP Group. The project will reduce potential risks along the agricultural value chain, and improve access to…

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Africa’s climate change fight gets a boost as Global Center on Adaptation sets up regional home at the African Development Bank

Hosted by the African Development Bank at its headquarters in the Ivorian commercial capital, Abidjan, GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent

African leaders welcomed the opening of a regional office of the Global Center on Adaptation on Wednesday, voicing hopes it will spur the continent’s efforts to combat climate change. In speeches marking the virtual launch of GCA Africa, the leaders said the Center could also provide an impetus for a…

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Global and African Leaders welcome Launch of Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) Africa as “Historic Moment to Accelerate Adaptation” on the Continent

GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that protects African communities from the impacts of climate change

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA.org) today announced the launch of its regional office in Côte d’Ivoire. Hosted by the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) at its headquarters in the Ivorian capital Abidjan, GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that protects African…

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African Leaders for Nutrition call on leaders to embed nutrition within the Covid-19 response and recovery

The pandemic has created major global health and economic shocks, with unprecedented impacts on people’s health, nutrition and livelihoods

The African Leaders for Nutrition (https://bit.ly/33zUF9k) (ALN) have unveiled a position paper calling upon African Heads of State and Governments to ensure that financing for nutrition is included in their country’s COVID-19 response and recovery plans. The position paper, titled “Embedding Nutrition within the COVID-19 Response and Recovery,” was sent…

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Supporting Public Private Partnerships in Africa: African Development Bank ready to scale up

The African Development Bank estimates Africa’s infrastructure financing needs at up to $170 billion a year by 2025

Representatives of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), governments, Development Finance Institutions, the private sector and  professional associations joined a September 8 workshop to discuss how the Bank can strengthen support for Public Private Partnerships and channel greater investment toward economic and social infrastructure. The event, titled Designing the African Development…