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UNGA 2021: World has the resources to end hunger, says African Development Bank chief at United Nations Food Systems Summit

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UNGA 2021: World has the resources to end hunger, says African Development Bank chief at United Nations Food Systems Summit

The Africa Food Security and Nutrition Finance Facility should be capitalized to at least $ 1 billion per year

ABIDJAN, 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.

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