The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) returns as a premier partner of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), Africa's largest agricultural conference, taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 6-9 September 2022.
On Monday, the Bank kicked off its AGRF 2022 activities by co-hosting a pre-forum side event focused on the African Emergency Food Production Fund at the Kigali Convention Center.
The Bank's $1.5 billion Fund is an unprecedented comprehensive initiative to help small farmers fill a food gap of at least 30 million metric tons of food, especially imported wheat, corn and soybeans from Russia and Ukraine.
Dr. Beth Dunford, Bank Vice President for Agriculture, Social and Human Development, will deliver a keynote address at the side event, discussing how the new Fund will provide 20 million smallholder African farmers with certified seeds, increased access to agricultural fertilizers and such as helping to create an enabling environment for investment in building Africa's food systems.
The Bank has committed $100,000 to support this year's annual AGRF, which will be spearheaded by African heads of state and government and will bring together delegates from governments, civil society, the private sector, and research communities.
The Government of Rwanda and the AGRF Partners Group are hosting AGRF 2022, organized under the banner Grow, Nurture, Reward.
Bold actions for resilient food systems.
“Russia's war in Ukraine, the recovery from the economic impacts of Covid-19, and the realities of climate change are complicating efforts to build resilient food systems in Africa.
Reaching out to the continent's premier agriculture-related forum with solutions, such as the Bank's African Emergency Food Production Facility, provides an opportunity for new partnerships with a shared vision to feed Africa,” said Dunford.
Dunford will also speak at the Special Event: Launch of the Agribusiness Agreement Room on Tuesday, September 6 at 11:30 EAT and at the Plenary on Leadership, Finance, and Accountability: Advancing the Pathways of National Food Systems later that day at 17:00 EAT.
She is also scheduled to participate in the Africa Food Systems Transformation Nexus roundtable on September 7 at 9:00 and the special event: CEO Roundtable: Financing Food Systems Transformation on September 8 at 11 a.m. :00 EAT, among other appearances.
Nearly two dozen Bank representatives will join Dunford for various pre-AGRF events, Forum side events, AGRF plenary sessions, partnerships and other bilateral meetings.
Highlights include: Martin Fregene, Director of Agriculture and Agribusiness at the African Development Bank, will also join the African Emergency Food Production Fund side event to deliver closing remarks in a session titled, Bringing the Latest in Appropriate Technology to African Food Systems, SMEs and Farmers: Mechanization, Digital Tools, Irrigation and Energy on September 8.
Other Bank participants include Atsuko Toda, Director of Agricultural Finance and Rural Development, who will speak at the AGRF Food Crisis Roundtable on September 5, as well as the Special Event – Agribusiness Deal Room Launch on September 6.
, when the Bank will present its new Special Fund for the Catalytic Financing Mechanism for Agrifood SMEs. The Fund's objective is to eliminate the risk of providing financing to small and medium-sized companies in the agricultural sector of the continent, as well as to catalyze private investment.
Rwandan Innocent Musabyimana returns to Kigali in his new role as Coordinator of the Bank of African Agriculture Transformation Technologies (TAAT) initiative.
Given TAAT's delivery of proven technologies to help small African farmers grow more food, Musabyimana is leading the organization of the events leading up to the Agriculture Leadership Forum and the African Emergency Food Production Fund, and will participate in the implementation of new research and innovations for sustainable food systems.
September 6 session.
This year, AGRF's GoGettaz competition offering $50,000 in prizes to young "agripreneurs" running Africa's most innovative and scalable business ventures, will have the Bank's Chief Financial Economist and ENABLE Youth Coordinator Edson Mpyisi as judge, for the second consecutive time.
The Bank's Affirmative Financial Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) Coordinator, Esther Dassanou, has been named a judge for the Value4Her Women Agripreneurs of the Year Awards, and will announce the $20,000 winner of the Young Female category.
Other events include the AGRF Special Event - Session on Soil Health and Fertilizers in Africa: A New Vision for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Transformation, on September 6, for which the Funding Mechanism Coordinator Fertilizer for Africa of the Bank, Marie Claire Kalihangabo, will act as a panelist.
Aissa Toure Sarr, Bank Country Manager, Rwanda, will attend a separate Africa Food Awards Ceremony at the AGRF Gala Dinner.
It didn't take long for Russia's war in the Ukraine to impact Africa.
Already dealing with runaway inflation and still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, Africa now faces a shortage of at least 30 million metric tons of food, especially imported wheat, corn and soybeans from Russia and Ukraine.
Fertilizer price increases of more than 300% are making it increasingly difficult for African farmers to grow enough wheat, maize, rice and other crops.
A growing number of people in Africa can no longer afford the price of bread.
Africa is struggling to mitigate a conflict-induced famine that could push some 30 million Africans to catastrophic levels of food insecurity.
It could deepen economic tension and political unrest.
With millions struggling to buy food, fuel and fertilizer, anti-government protests are a real possibility.
From the outset, the African Development Bank recognized the strategic need to address the devastating impact of war on Africa's food security.
It was important to prevent riots and even more human suffering.
In May, the Bank established a $1.5 billion African Emergency Food Production Fund. In less than 60 days, it launched $1.13 billion worth of programs under the mechanism and in 25 African countries.
Half a dozen more programs are expected to launch by September as more governments request installation.
The African Emergency Food Production Fund will deliver certified, climate-adapted wheat and other staple crop seeds, and increased access to agricultural fertilizer, to 20 million farmers.
Over the next two years, the facility will allow farmers to produce an additional 38 million tons of food, a 30% increase in local production, with an estimated value of $12 billion.
To facilitate even greater global investment in Africa's agricultural sector, the facility will also support better governance and political reforms.
While this is a good start, Africa needs the international community to fill a $200 million funding gap for the mechanism.
President Joe Biden has endorsed the African Emergency Food Production Fund, and this is a welcome endorsement, as is his endorsement of the African Development Bank's Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program.
To help African governments pay drought and flood insurance premiums and better respond to food insecurity caused by climate change, the Disaster Risk Financing Program is a much-needed futures element of the Fund. To boost agricultural production in Nigeria, Tanzania and Côte d'Ivoire, the Japan International Cooperation Agency recently partnered with the African Development Bank to co-finance programs under the African Emergency Food Production Fund. International development agencies and a growing coalition of nations are also supporting the Africa Emergency Food Production Fund. Launched in 2018, the African Development Bank's successful flagship Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program offers technologies in the form of climate-resilient crop varieties: seeds that are resistant to drought, high temperatures or pests, for example.
In Ethiopia, thanks to TAAT-funded heat-tolerant wheat seeds, the country increased arable land from an additional 50,000 hectares to an additional 675,000 hectares in just four years.
TAAT's climate-smart seeds enable the wheat crop to thrive in the arid lowlands of Ethiopia, where ordinary wheat varieties generally do not do well.
More locally grown wheat has reduced Ethiopia's dependence on wheat imports.
By adopting TAAT, the country did not need to import wheat for the first time this year.
With continued support from the Bank, Ethiopia will become a wheat exporter by 2023.
It will export more than one million metric tons of wheat to Kenya and Djibouti.
That's enough food to feed 10 million people for 12 months.
The African Development Bank knows what works.
TAAT has already reached 12 million farmers.
We call on our international partners and governments to join us as we expand TAAT through the new African Emergency Food Production Facility.
Our commitment to help Africa produce more food by adapting to climate change has won the support of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who recently said that the Bank's allocation of half of its climate financing to adaptation is the standard to be followed by international development partners.
The US Department of the Treasury has endorsed the African Emergency Food Production Fund as part of the International Financial Institution's Action Plan to Address Food Insecurity, a guide of shortlisted programs for consideration by donor nations .
Africa does not need food aid to feed itself.
Africa needs adequate investments and seeds in the ground.
The Africa Emergency Food Production Fund will provide an immediate solution to the twin global challenges of conflict and climate change, and will play immediate, medium and long-term roles in growing Africa's agricultural sector as a foundation for resilient African economies .
Policy reforms will help drive the structural reforms needed for market-based input distribution and to produce crops more competitively.
Today and in the future, the African Development Bank is delivering a proven plan to unlock Africa's food production potential and make Africa a breadbasket for the world.
Dr. Akinwumi A.
Adesina is President of the African Development Bank Group.
The article was first published on the China Global Television (CGTN.com) website on August 5, 2022.
The largest organization of journalists and media professionals of color in the United States named the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) a "Salute to Excellence" winner for the Bank's communication around its Technologies for Information program.
African Agricultural Transformation.
The National Association of Black Journalists cited the Bank's excellence in online media relations and marketing about the landmark initiative, also known as TAAT.
The online campaign showcased TAAT's impact in delivering climate-smart agricultural technologies to millions of African farmers, helping African nations grow more food.
The awards were announced Saturday at a gala event during the joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“This recognition from the National Association of Black Journalists comes at a time when African and global food security is at risk due to Russia's war in Ukraine.
Our Bank's communications help tell the world, through the stories of African farmers participating in the TAAT program, that Africa has solutions to boost its food production and reduce dependence on grain imports from the region.
Black Sea,” said Dr. Beth Dunford, director of the Bank. Vice President of Agriculture, Human and Social Development.
“The Salute to Excellence award also honors Bank staff, consultants and partners who work within these communities to improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.
Their experience helped shape our communications campaign,” added Dunford.
In July, the Bank's Board of Directors approved $30 million in new financing for the TAAT program, whose overall goal is to increase Africa's food production by 100 million tons and lift 40 million people out of poverty by 2025.
The campaign The Bank's digital video shows some of the millions of African farmers benefiting from TAAT-funded climate-smart wheat, maize and other varieties of certified seeds, fertilizers and technical support since the program began in 2018.
The campaign's lead video discusses TAAT's operations in Sudan and Ethiopia, where collaboration with the Bank and partners is increasing wheat production to unprecedented levels.
In Ethiopia, TAAT helped seed companies produce and distribute enough heat-tolerant certified wheat varieties and helped farmers expand production in more areas last season, allowing Ethiopia to grow enough grain to eliminate imports.
of wheat for the first time in modern history.
The country's adoption of TAAT should see Ethiopia exporting wheat by 2023.
The National Association of Black Journalists' Salute to Excellence award is the third international communications recognition for the Bank's TAAT initiative.
TAAT earned a "Gold Stevie" (first place) for "Best Documentary" from the International Business Awards, as well as a "Communicator Award of Distinction" for online video from the New York-based Academy of Visual and Interactive Arts. “We intend for TAAT to produce more success stories, as we scale it up to have a central role in the Bank's $1.5 billion African Emergency Food Production Fund (https://bit.ly/3SESMkF ).
The Fund is the Bank's bold response to help African nations produce more food to mitigate the impacts of Russia's war in Ukraine on global food systems, rising prices across the continent, and climate change."
said Dr. Martin Fregene, Director of Agriculture at the Bank. and Agribusiness.
"We believe communications are key to informing African governments, our shareholders and investors about the impact of Bank programs in the communities we serve," added Fregene.
View the TAAT video here: https://bit.ly/3zUwXET The bank was also nominated for a Salute to Excellence award in the competition's "Online Commentary" category for a selection of published opinion pieces written by the Bank President Dr. Akinwumi A Adesina, Vice President Dunford and Former Acting Vice President Wambui Guchiri.
The Salute to Excellence Awards recognize journalism and communications that best cover the Black experience or address issues affecting the Black community around the world.
The National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Career Fair and Convention is the premier conference for journalism education, professional development, networking and industry innovation, attracting leaders and influencers in journalism, marketing and communications, media, technology, business.
, health, arts and entertainment.
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) has approved 24 accelerated programs to help Africa mitigate rising food prices and inflation caused by Russia's war in Ukraine, the climate and the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first round of approvals is part of the Bank's $1.5 billion African Emergency Food Production Fund, established in May to boost food security, nutrition and resilience across the continent.
The facility will provide 20 million small African farmers with certified seeds and increased access to agricultural fertilizers. It will also support governance and policy reform, which is expected to encourage greater investment in Africa's agricultural sector. The African Emergency Food Production Facility will enable African farmers to produce an additional 38 million tonnes of food over the next two years. This is food with an estimated value of 12,000 million dollars.
As of July 15, the Bank Group's Board of Directors had approved a total of $1.13 billion in blended financing for Emergency Fund programs for 24 countries: eight West African countries; five in East Africa; six in southern Africa; four in Central Africa and one in North Africa.
"This is a historic week for the African Development Bank and the African Emergency Food Production Fund," said Dr. Beth Dunford, Bank Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development. "These programs will deliver much-needed climate-adapted seeds, access to affordable fertilizers and usher in policy reforms to enable the agricultural sector to provide immediate, medium and long-term solutions to the challenges facing member countries." region of".
The African Emergency Food Production Service is designing programs to respond to requests from more countries on the continent.
The facility focuses on staple crops that many African nations import heavily from Russia and Ukraine. However, the war between Russia and Ukraine has left the continent with a deficit of at least 30 million tons of food. The successful implementation of the facility will deliver 38 million tons of food, exceeding the amount imported from Russia and Ukraine. Through the facility, African farmers will produce approximately 11 million tons of wheat, 18 million tons of corn, 6 million tons of rice and 2.5 million tons of soybeans.
The program will build on the success of the Bank of African Agricultural Transformation Technologies (TAAT) platform. Launched in 2019, TAAT delivered heat-tolerant wheat seed varieties to 1.8 million farmers in seven countries. Wheat production also increased by 2.7 million tons, valued at 840 million dollars.
Full list of beneficiary countries of the first batch of approvals:
West Africa (8): Senegal, Liberia, Niger, Togo, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Côte d'Ivoire Nigeria East Africa (5): Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia South Africa (6): Eswatini, Madagascar, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique. Central Africa (4): Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon. North Africa (1): Egypt
For more details on the African Emergency Food Production Fund, click here (https://bit.ly/3cjGGfT):
Dr Martin Fregene, Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry, African Development Bank (AfDB) has tasked the African governments on agricultural structural transformation and increased finance to mitigate food challenges in Africa
Fregene stated this at the virtual forum of Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), a flagship programme of the African Development Bank, the second edition on Thursday.
He said Africa had received some incredible impacts from extraneous shocks to its food supply from factors such as COVID-19 and war in Ukraine.
“Africa is having a shortfall of 30 million tonnes of cereals, mostly Wheat and Maize due to the war in Ukraine.
“Why don’t we do the structural transformation required to make our agriculture market-led, in the sense that it is the market that provides farmers inputs, off takes from farmers and ensures they get extension services where they use the best technologies needed for production, like the rest of the world, Europe and North America.
“There is a market in Africa for cereals for food. The market can handle everything about mechanisation, production and finance,” he said.
Fregene stated that to get the private sector on board four things must be put in place which were changes in certified seeds required regulation, increased finance, improved infrastructure and fast tracked method of registering new varieties and inputs as well as technologies.
“We must have a seed council that would test certified seeds for purity and germination. So we need to strengthen the seeds system and national regulatory agencies.
“We need not just laws but enforcement to ensure that only certified seeds are sold and this will encourage the private sector to key in.
“Also, on fertilisers, out of six brands sampled in Nigeria, only one had the required nutrients the NPK 12:12:17, quality control has to be enforced .
And, not just that but ensure fertiliser becomes a strategic commodity such as rice and wheat such that it is giving priority at the port to reduce demurrage before it is offloaded,” he said.
Also, Dr Innocent Musabyimana, Head, TAAT Clearinghouse, said the TAAT programme connects innovative agricultural technologies from research institutes to private sector partners for adoption and scaling.
“This is one of the mechanisms we are using to transform agriculture across the continent.
“We are bringing all the technologies that are proven, ready to be used into the hands of millions of farmers for deploying it,” he said.
Musabyimana noted that TAAT has been implemented in 28 countries in the continent with 160 proven, high performing technologies by partnering government, private sectors and farmers.
“TAAT provides access to quality seeds that translate to quality yields for farmers. We have increased productivity by providing access to these technologies.
“We want to reach more farmers by working with the private sector as we have proven technologies for Wheat, Maize, Rice and Soybeans.
“So that as Africans we can mitigate the effects of the ongoing Ukraine war on African food production,” he said.
Sharing his success story, Mr Kola Adeniji, a farmer, said working with TAAT has led to an increase in cassava production among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the 10 proven technologies introduced by TAAT included Hermetic bags for safe storage of grains, Flour milling and blending systems, Integrated Management of Insects, Diseases and Weeds.
Others are Pre-Cooked Beans for Consumer Convenience, Seed dressing of common bean with fungicide and insecticide, Fall armyworm control in maize production; e.g. FORTENZA (TM) Duo, Aflatoxin management (e.g. Aflasafe atoxic fungi) among others.
The president of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, says "Africa must prepare for the inevitability of a global food crisis." He was speaking on Africa's priorities as a guest at the Atlantic Council's Africa Center on Friday.
Responding to questions from the President of the Council's Africa Centre, Ambassador Rama Yade; lead investigator Aubrey Hruby; and Washington/UN correspondent for Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, Julian Pecquet, the Bank chief called for a greater sense of urgency amid what he described as a unique convergence in a century of global challenges for Africa.
According to Adesina, the most vulnerable countries on the continent have been the most affected by conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which have disrupted economic and development progress in Africa. She said that Africa, with the lowest GDP growth rates, had lost up to 30 million jobs due to the pandemic.
Speaking about the impact of the war between Russia and Ukraine, Adesina expressed his sympathy for the people of Ukraine and described their suffering as unimaginable. She said the ramifications of the war extended far beyond Ukraine to other parts of the world, including Africa. He explained that Russia and Ukraine supply 30% of world wheat exports, the price of which has increased by almost 50% globally, reaching levels identical to those of the 2008 world food crisis. He added that fertilizer prices had risen tripled and energy prices had risen, all of which fueled inflation.
Adesina warned that tripling in fertilizer costs, rising energy prices and rising costs of food baskets could worsen in Africa in the coming months. She noted that 90% of Russia's $4 billion exports to Africa in 2020 was made up of wheat; and 48% of Ukraine's exports to the continent worth almost 3,000 million dollars were made with wheat and 31% with corn.
Adesina warned that to fend off a food crisis, Africa must rapidly expand its food production. “The African Development Bank is already active in mitigating the effects of a food crisis through the African Emergency and Food Crisis Response Fund, a dedicated facility that the Bank is considering to provide African countries with the resources needed to increase local food production and purchase fertilizer. .
“My basic principle,” said Adesina, “is that Africa should not beg. We must solve our own challenges without depending on others…”. The Bank director spoke about early successes through the Bank's innovative flagship initiative, the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme, a program operating across nine food staples in more than 30 African countries. .
Adesina said that TAAT has helped rapidly boost large-scale food production on the continent, including the production of wheat, rice and other cereal crops: “We are putting our money where our mouth is. We are producing more and more of our own food. Our Africa Emergency Food Production Plan will produce 38 million metric tons of food.” She said TAAT had already delivered "heat-tolerant wheat varieties to 1.8 million farmers in seven countries, increasing wheat production by more than 1.4 million metric tons and worth $291 million."
According to Adesina, heat-tolerant varieties are now being planted on hundreds of thousands of hectares in Ethiopia and Sudan, with extraordinary results. In Ethiopia, where the government has implemented the TAAT program on a 200,000-hectare lowland irrigated wheat program, farmers report yields of 4.5 to 5 times per hectare. He said TAAT's climate-smart seeds were also thriving in Sudan, which recorded its largest wheat harvest in history, 1.1 million tonnes of wheat, in the 2019-2020 season.
He added that TAAT came to the rescue during the drought in southern Africa in 2018 and 2019, rolling out heat-tolerant maize varieties that were grown by 5.2 million households on 841,000 hectares. As a result, he said, farmers survived drought in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia, allowing maize production to expand by 631,000 metric tons at a value of $107 million.
Adesina also spoke about the urgent and timely need for a strong replenishment of the African Development Fund, the Bank Group's concessional lending arm that supports low-income African countries. She said that the Fund has connected 15.5 million people to electricity and has supported 74 million people with improved agriculture; it has provided access to transportation for 50 million people; built 8,700 kilometers of roads; and provided 42 million people with improved water and sanitation facilities.
The Bank chief said that Africa could learn three lessons from the challenges facing Africa: first, that the continent could no longer leave the health security of its people in the hands of the benevolence of others; second, that it should look at investments in health differently, and make the development of a health defense system a priority—investing in quality health infrastructure as a must—and third, that economies—which were already changing —must create fiscal space to deal with debt challenges.
Asked about the outcomes for Africa from the world climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow last November, and how he envisioned the prospects for success at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt in 2022, Adesina expressed optimism. She said it was important that developed countries follow through on their promise to provide Africa with the $100 billion a year needed for climate adaptation. Adesina said: “Our challenge is adaptation because we did not cause the problem. In Africa, we are adapting to climate change.”
He explained that the African Development Bank, together with its partner the Global Center for Adaptation, was mobilizing $25 billion to support climate adaptation in Africa.
The head of the African Development Bank highlighted the importance of the technology sector as an engine of growth in Africa and the prospects for the continent's youth. Adesina described the youth of Africa as one of its greatest assets. She praised the contributions of young entrepreneurs in the fintech, digital, creative arts, and entertainment industries. He said young entrepreneurs' need for innovative financing is why the Bank is exploring with stakeholders the establishment of investment banks specializing in youth entrepreneurship to unlock economic potential and growth.
The Gold Stevie Award solidifies the African Development Bank's commitment to balancing the narrative about the continent by sharing success stories.ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, December 9, 2021 / APO Group / -
The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) received first place as “Golden Stevie” in the virtual event of the 18 Annual International Business Awards, in recognition of the institution's digital campaign that shows its Initiative Technologies for the African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT).
The International Business Awards honored the bank in the category of Best Video - Documentary during an online ceremony on Wednesday. TAAT's compact wheat video topped a series of clips demonstrating how TAAT offers agricultural technologies to help 11 million smallholder farmers in 30 African countries increase productivity and adapt to climate change.
"The Gold Stevie Award solidifies the African Development Bank's commitment to balancing the narrative about the continent by sharing success stories on efforts to feed Africa and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa," said Dr. Beth Dunford, African Development Vice President of Agriculture, Human and Social Development of the Bank.
“We are expanding TAAT through our new 'Mission 1 in 200' funding mechanism that aims to mobilize $ 1 billion to feed 200 million Africans by 2025; there are more stories to tell, ”Dunford added.
The Bank broadcast the TAAT video series in April during the 2021 High-Level Dialogue on Food for Africa (https://bit.ly/3ICugLK), which hosted more than a dozen heads of state, world leaders and thousands of Participants.
The 2021 International Business Awards, the world's only comprehensive business awards competition, attracted more than 3,700 nominations from 65 countries. Wednesday's virtual awards ceremony coincided with the closing of the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit, which explored the global challenge of malnutrition.
“As world leaders return from the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit energized to accelerate progress in the fight against malnutrition, we share this honor with our government partners from TAAT implementing and regional member countries working for
produce more and more nutritious food, "said Martin Fregene, the Bank's Director of Agriculture and Agribusiness.
The Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 260 executives from around the world who participated in the evaluation process from June through early August.
This 18th Annual International Business Award recognizes outstanding organizations and highlights their positive contributions globally. Last year, the Bank earned a Gold Stevie for its 2019 Annual Report in the Publication category and a Bronze for the Report companion video.
This year's other award winners include Google, IBM, Yapi Kredi, DHL Express Worldwide, Dubai Municipality, and Tata Consultancy Services.
Watch the winning TAAT video: https://bit.ly/3DDwpmS
We must step up the implementation of modern and climate-smart farming practicesABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, October 17, 2021 / APO Group / -
By Beth Dunford
More than six in ten people in sub-Saharan Africa work in the continent's agricultural sector. We might not realize that what grows from African soil can be linked to some of the most popular foods in the world.
Africa produces the world's largest supply of cocoa, used in chocolate bars and other products. Coffee beans grown in Ethiopia and Uganda, which dominate Africa's coffee exports, were valued at nearly $ 2 billion last year.
The volume of African commodity exports is increasing. At the same time, more and more Africans are facing food insecurity. About 246 million Africans go to bed hungry every night. The pace of Africa's agricultural growth does not keep pace with Africa's population growth.
On World Food Day, it is time for African and world leaders, as well as development organizations, to join the African Development Bank Group's call for increased investment in agricultural technologies that boost Africa's food production and food security in the face of climate change.
The continent has immense potential to feed itself and become a breadbasket for the world: about 65 percent of the Earth's remaining uncultivated arable land is in Africa. However, this potential is threatened by extreme erratic weather conditions. It is also stunted because the majority of African food producers are smallholder subsistence farmers. We need to step up the implementation of modern and climate-smart farming practices.
African Development Bank Group investments are helping African farmers put more food in the mouths of more Africans. Since the Bank launched its Feed Africa strategy in 2015, more than 74 million people have benefited from access to improved agricultural technologies, resulting in higher food production.
Our flagship program, Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) has provided 11 million farmers in 29 African countries with proven agricultural technologies such as drought tolerant maize, heat resistant wheat, high seed varieties. yield and seed treatments to protect against pests like the fall armyworm, which has devastated African crops in waves of hungry, winged swarms.
TAAT has produced amazing results in less than three years. African food production has increased by more than 12 million metric tons. TAAT reduced Africa's food imports by $ 814 million. We're on track to meet our goal of reaching 40 million farmers with modern, climate-resilient technologies.
Aligned with the theme of World Food Day 2021, "Our actions are our future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life", the Bank provides higher food production, access to more nutritious food and helps farmers adapt to environments impacted by climate change. We advocate for gender-sensitive policy reform and inclusive development.
Combined, these activities increase the incomes of women and men in agriculture and contribute to a better quality of life for Africans along the food value chain.
The Bank's Positive Financing for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative aims to reduce the financing gap faced by women businesses across the continent, including women working in agriculture.
AFAWA has just invested $ 20 million in a project to finance climate-resilient agricultural practices in Ghana. It will target hundreds of women-led businesses through lines of credit with Ecobank Ghana, and provide them with vocational training in climate-friendly agriculture.
We are on the right track, but we need to do more. At a recent "Feed Africa" event organized by the Bank and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development, more than a dozen African heads of state and other world leaders endorsed the establishment of 'a financing mechanism for food and nutrition in Africa. The Facility offers a new approach to investing in agriculture and agro-industry, based on five pillars:
Scaling up proven, climate-appropriate, science-based production and other technologies;
• Create an environment conducive to improving agricultural production. Governments must commit to adopting policies and regulations that facilitate access to modern technologies;
• Build a critical backbone infrastructure linking production areas to markets and processing at national and regional levels in Africa;
• Overcrowding of private sector investments and access to finance. Private sector investment and business expertise will increase the commercial viability of the food supply chain, as well as the inclusion of more small and medium enterprises and smallholder farmers;
• Support for a special African fund for emergency relief against famine and drought.
The Facility plans to mobilize $ 1 billion over the next two years from green funds and bilateral and multilateral donors to support these pillars. We need more buy-in from governments, development partners, the private sector and foundations to scale up investments in this Facility.
The African Development Bank envisions a food secure Africa that uses cutting-edge technologies, adapts creatively to climate change, and develops a new generation of 'agripreneurs' - young people and empowered women who will modernize and industrialize the world. Agriculture.
The Finance Facility aims to accomplish this by bringing in smart 'agritechs' to help millions of other African farmers double the yields of major crops, produce enough food to feed an additional 200 million people and reduce cases of malnutrition. Join us.
• Beth Dunford Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development at the African Development Bank
The Africa Food Security and Nutrition Finance Facility should be capitalized to at least $ 1 billion per yearABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, September 26, 2021 / APO Group / -
"The world has the resources to end hunger," African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi A. Adesina (www.AfDB.org) said in a message on the first day of the United Nations Summit on food systems.
Convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the event is presented by its organizers as "a historic opportunity to enable all to harness the power of food systems to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and to recover. on track to achieve everything. 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
The summit brings together thousands of young people, food producers, members of civil society, researchers, the private sector, women and indigenous people, all participating both physically and virtually at the summit. It takes place on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
In his opening speech, Guterres said the attendees represented “the energy, ideas and willingness to forge new partnerships,” and that it was a moment to celebrate the dignity of those who produce. and create the food of the world.
Describing the 246 million people in Africa who go to bed without food every day and the continent's 59 million stunted children as "morally and socially unacceptable", Adesina said ensuring food security at scaling up for Africa required prioritizing technology, climate and finance.
“The $ 33 billion per year needed to free the world from hunger represents only 0.12% of the $ 27 trillion the world has deployed to boost the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. I am convinced that zero hunger can be achieved in Africa by 2030, ”said Adesina.
The African Development Bank's Feed Africa strategy, through its Technologies for the Transformation of African Agriculture program - widely known as TAAT - has provided 11 million farmers in 29 African countries with agricultural technologies. proven for food safety. Food production increased by 12 million metric tonnes while saving $ 814 million in food imports.
"We are on track to achieve our goal of reaching 40 million farmers with modern and climate resilient technologies over the next five years," added the head of the African Development Bank.
At a meeting on food security in Africa organized by the Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) earlier this year, 19 African heads of state called for the creation of a financing mechanism for the food and nutrition security in Africa.
“The Africa Food Security and Nutrition Finance Facility should be capitalized to at least $ 1 billion per year,” Adesina said.
The well-being of the 70% of the African population working in agriculture and agri-food is a barometer of the health status of the continent. "If they are not doing well, then Africa is not doing well," Rwandan President Paul Kagame said in a message during the official opening.
Among the many other heads of state and government who spoke on Thursday were Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and Prime Minister Jacinda Arden from New Zealand.
The Bank’s participation at AGRF 2021 is part of ongoing efforts to help align Africa’s voice into commitments to be made at the United Nations Food Systems Summit later this yearABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, September 7, 2021/APO Group/ --
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 – to be held in a hybrid format 6-10 September 2021.
The Bank has earmarked $100,000 to support this year’s annual AGRF, which will be headlined by African Heads of State and Government, and will bring together delegates from governments, civil society, the private sector and research communities. The Government of Kenya and the AGRF Partners Group are hosting AGRF 2021, organized under the theme, Pathways to Recovery and Resilient Food System.
“As Covid-19 continues to cause disruptions across Africa, we must prioritize policy and facility support that focuses on rebuilding infrastructures that foster the production, processing and availability of more – and more nutritious – food to feed Africa. AGRF is the platform to move these policy conversations forward, addressing every facet of the continent’s food system,” said Dr. Beth Dunford, Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank.
Vice President Dunford leads the Bank’s “digital delegation” to AGRF, including; Atsuko Toda, Director for Agricultural Finance and Rural Development; Martin Fregene, Director for Agriculture and Agro-industry; Edson Mpyisi, Chief Financial Economist and Coordinator of the Bank’s Enable Youth program; Olukemi Afun-Ogidan, Digital Agriculture Flagship Coordinator; Grace Vuhya Obeda, Principal Youth Employment Officer; Hafou Touré from the Bank’s Agricultural Finance and Rural Development Department; and Bank Principal IT Solutions Architect Thierno Diarra.
The delegation will take part in more than a dozen AGRF 2021 sessions or pre-summit side events.
Dunford will deliver remarks during the launch of the Africa Agriculture Status report on Tuesday, 7 September, from 14:00 East Africa Time (EAT). The session focuses on unpacking the concept of sustainable and resilient agri-food systems. Dunford will be a panelist in the AGRF parallel workshop addressing Building Strong Food Systems through Inclusive Data on 10 September at 11:00 EAT. She will present at the Walking the Path: Commitments Framework session later on Friday, from 14:00 EAT.
Director Toda will speak to the Bank’s Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone (https://bit.ly/3DMtiu2) initiative during AGRF’s Rural and Market Development parallel workshop on 8 September at 11:00 EAT. Toda also took part in three pre-AGRF side events on 6 September: as a panelist for the session Unlocking African Public Development Banks’ Catalytic Role as well as the session Unlocking AfCFTA Trade Opportunities for SMEs. She also spoke during the Writing the Blueprint for Rice Self-Sufficiency in Africa panel.
Agriculture and Agro-industry Director Fregene headlined three AGRF pre-summit sessions, talking about the Bank’s Technologies for African Agricultural Technologies (TAAT) (https://bit.ly/3jRUXC6) flagship initiative at the TAAT Africa-organized side event on 6 September, then segued into a second session about the Bank’s Livestock Investment Masterplan, organized during the same period by the Bank and the International Livestock Research Center. At 16:00 EAT on Monday, Fregene was the keynote speaker about Rehabilitating Acid Soils for Food Security in Africa. On 9 September, he serves as a panelist at the Sustainable Productivity Platform (NET ZERO) parallel workshop from 11:00 EAT.
Bank Chief Financial Economist and ENABLE Youth Coordinator Edson Mpyisi is a panelist at AGRF’s Generation Africa parallel workshop on 10 September from 11:00 EAT. Generation Africa brings together young entrepreneurs, innovators, movers and shakers in Africa’s agri-food sector.
Olukemi Afun-Ogidan lends her experience as the Bank’s Digital Agriculture Flagship Coordinator at AGRF’s AgTech and Digitalization parallel workshop, which will focus on ways to increase the innovation sustainability of digital solutions for African agriculture. The workshop starts online at 11:00 EAT on 10 September.
Bank Principal Youth Employment Officer Grace Vuhya Obeda and Hafou Touré, representing Agricultural Finance and Rural Development, are judges for the Summit’s Pitch AgriHack Competition this year. Bank Principal IT Solutions Architect Thierno Diarra serves as a judge with the AGRF GoGettaz competition.
The Bank’s participation at AGRF 2021 is part of ongoing efforts to help align Africa’s voice into commitments to be made at the United Nations Food Systems Summit later this year.
The public can follow the Bank’s participation at the AGRF by registering for free at www.AGRF.org.