Food Production


Adesina calls for immediate action over deepening crisis of global malnutrition

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina has called for urgent action from stakeholders over the deepening crisis of global malnutrition. Adesina made the call as he joined key nutrition actors, private-sector representatives, policy-makers and thought leaders at the 2017 World Food Prize-Borlaug Dialogue Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, October 18, to push for mutual accountability on leadership, governance and investments for nutrition.  The 2017 World Food Prize Laureate made the remarks during a high-level meeting on nutrition hosted by the...

AfDB commits to help Sudan build resilience and tackle fragility

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 approved Sudan’s Country Brief 2017-2019, designed to help the country build resilience and address core issues of fragility. Board members commended the recent lifting of US sanction on the country and emphasized the need to help tackle the political, economic, social, and environmental challenges that Sudan is currently facing.  Interventions provided in the Country Brief would enable Sudan improve social service delivery, create jobs and livelihood opportunities in agriculture and...

Africa holds the key for feeding 9 billion people by 2050, Adesina says during Norman Borlaug Lecture

Africa holds the key for feeding the nine billion people that will inhabit this planet by 2050, the President of the African Development Bank and 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, said during his Norman Borlaug Lecture delivered on World Food Day. The Laureate also called for land tax for unused agricultural land or underutilized agricultural land to provide incentives for faster commercialization of agriculture and unlocking its potential in Africa. In a lecture titled “Betting on Africa to Feed the World,” delivered on Monday, October 16 before a large...

How food insecurity fuels migration

Khaled Sherif is the Vice-President for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery at the African Development Bank. In this interview, he shares his view on how food security could be a tool to address migration. He spoke ahead of World Food Day, October 16, which has as its theme, “Change the future of migration, Invest in food security and rural development.” On food security and migration Food security and rural development are closely interlinked with issues of migration, fragility and resilience. The Horn of Africa and the Sahel provide compelling examples of...

World Food Day: AfDB urges African leaders to make agriculture attractive to young Africans and stem migration

On the occasion of the 2017 World Food Day, the African Development Bank has highlighted how Africa’s food security depends on attracting young people to agriculture and agribusiness. The sector can potentially create wealth and employment for African youth, thereby stemming migration. World Food Day, celebrated yearly on October 16, promotes worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. This year’s theme focuses on the need to ‘Change the future of migration; Invest in food security and rural...

“Betting on Africa to Feed the World”: Adesina, 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, to deliver Norman Borlaug Lecture on World Food Day

The African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16-20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture titled “Betting on Africa to Feed the World” will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. President Adesina will receive the 2017 World Food Prize on Thursday, October 19. The prize is to agriculture what the Nobel Prize is to peace, science and literature. The World Food Prize board announced...

Lancement du Programme de la BAD et de l’Institut Brésil-Afrique sur la formation technique des jeunes : Invitation

Le Département de l’agriculture et de l’agro-industrie (AHAI) de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a le plaisir de vous convier à la cérémonie officielle de lancement du « Programme de la Banque africaine de développement et de l’Institut Brésil-Afrique sur la formation technique des jeunes », prévu jeudi 14 septembre 2017, de 10 h à midi, à l’Auditorium du siège de la BAD. Présidents de séance : Akinwumi A. Adesina, Président de la BAD, & Joao Bosco Monte, Président de l’Institut Brésil-Afrique À propos du Programme de formation technique des jeunes...

AfDB trains 129 young “agripreneurs” in Liberia

Monday, August 28, 2017 was a special day for young entrepreneurs in Liberia. After Côte d’Ivoire in December 2016, the Bank is supporting the Government of Liberia to provide entrepreneurship training to young people in the agriculture value chain from 28th to 31st August 2017. The objective of the training is to encourage young entrepreneurs to take the bull by the horn, embrace risk and start their business. From 7.00 am, the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sport Complex registered the arrival of dozens of youth. These young people did not come to see a soccer game, but to receive training...

AfDB wants greater focus on implementation, as African Green Revolution Forum begins in Abidjan

Ahead of the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, wants greater attention paid to the implementation of concrete plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa. The seventh African Green Revolution Forum, taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from September 4-8, 2017, will focus on “Accelerating Africa’s Path to Prosperity: Growing Economies and Jobs through Agriculture”. The Forum is hosted by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an African-led...

Working Paper 276 - A Tax on Children? Food Price Inflation and Health

Using a high-frequency local market price data from Ethiopia, we estimate the effects of exposure to food price inflation during “early life”—inception to the first 24 months after birth—on children’s health. Our analysis focuses on three major staple cereals. The results show that exposure to food price inflation while in utero and during infancy has detrimental and long-term impacts on children’s heights and weights. For instance, exposure to 10 percent inflation in teff prices in the 5–6 th month of infancy, during which transition to complementary feeding starts, results in a loss of up...

AfDB signs US$ 78 million grant agreements with Governments of Somalia and South Sudan to strengthen drought resilience and address chronic hunger and malnutrition

Somalia grant of US$ 34.8 million set to benefit 804,000 individuals South Sudan grant of US$ 43.8 million set to benefit 300,000 individuals Pastoralists and agro-pastoralist households among the target beneficiaries; Women, children, elderly and disabled to be prioritized  The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed tripartite grant agreements of US$ 34.8 million and US$ 43.8 million with the Republic of Somalia and the Republic of South Sudan respectively and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) under the Bank’s ‘Say No To Famine – Short Term...

Kenya - Emergency Humanitarian Relief Assistance to the Population affected by Drought and Famine

The Government of Kenya has, on 10th February 2017, declared the current drought a national disaster as some pastoral zones are experiencing extreme dry spells since August 2016. High local cereal prices, increasing livestock mortality and conflict have exacerbated the impact of the drought. For example, the price of maize (the staple food) has increased tremendously over the last 12 months. Food prices are currently 10%-25% above their five-year averages and are expected to continue rising.

Indian Ocean Islands, East African countries collaborate to enhance responsible fisheries practices

Countries from the Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa have come together to develop strategies to tackle illegal fishing and increase accountability in fisheries practices. For two days, representatives from the fishing industry, civil society, governments and fishing administrations from Seychelles, Mauritius, Comoros, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique, met on Mahe Island, Seychelles, to discuss the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), a global initiative to tackle illegal fishing. African countries are particularly vulnerable to overfishing and depletion of...

President Adesina wins 2017 World Food Prize

“Through his roles over the past two decades with the Rockefeller Foundation, at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and as Minister of Agriculture of Nigeria, Dr. Adesina has been at the forefront of galvanizing political will to transform African agriculture through initiatives to: expand agricultural production, thwart corruption in the Nigerian fertilizer industry and exponentially increase the availability of credit for smallholder farmers across the African continent.” The World Food Prize 2017 goes to Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President of the...

AfDB working with partners to accelerate implementation of drought resilience programme

Ahead of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced that it would work with partners to accelerate the implementation of the Drought Resilience Sustainable Livelihood Support Programme (DRSLP) in the Horn of Africa. World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed every year on June 17 and aims to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The day is used to remind stakeholders that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-...

African Development Bank approves US $343,000 to enhance honey production in Rwanda

The African Development Bank, in partnership with the Organisation pour la Promotion de la Contribution Active de la Femme Rwandaise au Developpement (SERUKA) – a national women’s organization focusing on women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda –has launched the Rwanda Honey Value Chain Project, which aims to enhance honey production in the country. The African Development Bank has approved a grant of approximately US $343,000 (280 million Rwandan Francs) to implement the project. The project will work directly with grassroots businesses. The implementing agency, SERUKA, is a...

Nutrition et sécurité alimentaire : la Banque africaine de développement offre son appui dans la région CEDEAO

Grâce au fond fiducaire  de coopération économique Corée-Afrique, la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) appuie le nouveau Programme de renforcement des capacités en nutrition et sécurité alimentaire en Afrique de l’Ouest (PRENFOS) avec un financement de 525 000 dollars EU. Conduit par l’Organisation ouest-africaine de la santé (OOAS), ce programme a été lancé aux premier jours de mai 2017 à Ouagadougou, au Burkina Faso, lors d’un atelier de travail de deux...

Thirteen African countries seal agriculture industrialization deal with India

Thirteen African countries have signed a series of partnership agreements with India to enhance the supply of agricultural machinery, credit advancement to farmers and scientific cooperation. Among other deals, the farm machinery suppliers from the Indian state of Gujarat signed agreements with their counterparts in Ghana, Zambia, Mozambique and Togo for the supply of farm machinery, training on the use of the machinery in mechanized agriculture and cooperation in the use of the machinery in the mining These partnerships were announced as African Ministers of Agriculture, private sector...



AM2017 - INDIA : interview of David RASQUINHA, Export-Import BANK