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Radio News Release (Soundbite): “Agricultural technologies helped African farmers produce 12 million tons of food in just 2 years,” testifies President Adesina before U.S. Senate

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The recordings are excerpts from a hearing session at the US Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, during which the president of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, made a compelling case for the United States to back the institution’s $1.5 billion emergency…

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Radio News Release (Soundbite): “Africa must prepare for the inevitable global food crisis,” warns President Adesina during U.S. Senate hearing session

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The recordings are excerpts from a hearing session at the US Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, during which the president of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, made a compelling case for the United States to back the institution’s $1.5 billion emergency…

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Radio News Release (Soundbite): “A 1.5 billion African Emergency Food Production plan to avoid a looming food crisis,” tells President Adesina to U.S. Senate

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The recordings are excerpts from a hearing session at the US Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, during which the president of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, made a compelling case for the United States to back the institution’s $1.5 billion emergency…

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African Development Bank Group seeks US support for $1.5 billion emergency food plan for Africa

The plan is anchored on the provision of certified seeds of climate-adapted varieties to 20 million African farmers

The president of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, made a compelling case, on Wednesday, for the United States to back the institution’s $1.5 billion emergency food production plan. The plan seeks to avert a looming food crisis in Africa caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine. Download audio…

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Duke University honors African Development Bank Group President and three others

Adesina received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his career achievements in agriculture, and the innovative High 5 development priorities for Africa

America’s Duke University (https://bit.ly/3KXZEnZ) yesterday conferred honorary doctorate degrees on four recipients during its 2022 Commencement ceremonies in Durham, North Carolina. The honorees were African Development Bank Group President and World Food Prize recipient Dr. Akinwumi Adesina; rocket scientist, businesswoman and former non-profit leader Sylvia Acevedo, who currently serves on…

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African Development Bank Group Chief Garners Strong Global Support for Africa

Adesina affirmed to the shareholders that the African Development Fund’s impact on Africa, through their support, was massive and far reaching

African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) President Dr Akinwumi Adesina concluded a three-day official visit to Washington DC on Saturday. Alongside the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, the visit included several bilateral engagements with stakeholders on African development. Adesina garnered broad strong support for a robust…

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CORRECTION: Africa is the place to invest, visiting US congressional delegation acknowledges to African Development Bank chief

The congressman from New York and Chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee was speaking during a visit to the African Development Bank Group on Saturday

United States Congressman Gregory Meeks has warned that the United States will only be part of the future if it invests in Africa now. The congressman from New York and Chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee was speaking during a visit to the African Development Bank Group on…

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“Let us change the narrative on Africa in the United States” African Development Bank President tells African Diplomats in Washington

The Bank chief spoke during a meeting with African ambassadors at the chancery of the Embassy of the Republic of Congo in Washington last week

African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi A. Adesina has said that a concerted effort to change the narrative on Africa in the United States is necessary to attract increased investments into the continent. He said the need for advocacy in the United States made having an African Development Bank office…

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African and US development financiers reaffirm their commitment to attracting greater private sector capital to Africa

They spoke during a panel event to discuss their organizations’ role in post-COVID-19 environment as part of a day-long public forum on investing in Africa’s future

The continent’s largest development finance institutions have emphasized that a sustained and collaborative approach among development partners to scale up project development activities, will boost the number of bankable projects attracting investor interest and contribute to closing the infrastructure finance gap in Africa. They spoke during a panel event to…

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Climate financing by leading multilateral development banks tops $61.6 billion

The Bank exceeded its target of achieving parity between adaptation and mitigation finance by allocating 55% of its climate finance resources to adaptation and 45% to mitigation

Climate financing by seven of the world’s largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) totalled $61.6 billion in 2019, of which $41.5 billion (67%) was in low- and middle-income economies, according to the 2019 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks’ Climate Finance (https://bit.ly/31noGIB). The study expands the scope of reporting for the…