Food Production

24-Jun-2009

13th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit

The theme of the 13th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government is: “Investing in Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security”. The dates of the ordinary sessions of the Assembly are as follows: 24-26 June 2009: 18th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee 28-30 June 2009: 17th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council 1-3 July 2009: 13th Ordinary Session of the Assembly Links African Union Web site
10-Jun-2009

Burkina Faso: AfDB Participates in Fifth Edition of “Walk against Hunger”

For the fifth time in a row, the World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Basic Education and Literacy and civil society organizations, on June 7, 2009, organized a solidarity walk against hunger in Ouagadougou. The event which was sponsored by first lady, Chantal Compaoré, was attended by the AfDB Resident Representative in Burkina Faso, Antoinette Dinga-Dzondo, and other staff of the Bank’s field office in the country.  The objective of the walk was to sensitize the people on the importance of education and good feeding for kids while in school. The...
10-May-2009

AfDB Partners with International Agencies to Boost Agricultural Production

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is working in partnership with the International Agency for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to provide fertilizer at affordable prices to farmers in East Africa as part of measures to boost agricultural production in Africa. Mr Aly Abou-Saaba, Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industries of the ADfB said at the forum on “The challenges of food security in Africa” in Dakar on Sunday, on the sidelines of the 2009 AfDB Group Annual Meetings, that the scheme, which is aimed at reducing the challenges faced by farmers in procuring fertilizer and other...
08-Jul-2008

The Africa Food Crisis Response

The Africa Food Crisis Response (AFCR) is the Bank’s framework for accelerated support to Regional Member Countries (RMCs) affected by increased food prices. The specific objectives of the AFCR are: i) reduce vulnerability of the poor to high and unstable food prices; ii) support broad based growth through increased agricultural productivity, market participation, and strengthened government policies for sustainable agricultural development; and iii) strengthen adequate capacity in Government to ensure an enabling environment for sustainable agriculture growth including by the private sector...
07-Jul-2008

AfDB and IITA Discuss Food Crisis

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and the Nigeria-based International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Monday, July 7, 2008, started a two-day retreat in Tunis to explore possibilities of addressing the current global food crisis that has hurt many people across the continent. The retreat comes on the heels of a workshop on revitalizing Africa’s agriculture which was recently held in the Tunisian capital. Participants explored ways of building capacity for agricultural training and research. They also discussed Bank Group assistance to the sector and explored possible...
01-Jul-2008

Bank Group President and French Economy, Industry and Employment Minister Discuss Food Security

French Economy, Industry and Employment Minister, Christine Lagarde, on June 27, 2007, received the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group President, Donald Kaberuka. Discussions during the meeting focused on issues of common interest, especially on official development assistance. France is making considerable contributions to the African Development Fund (ADF) replenishment, private sector development and food security on the continent. Both parties commended Africa’s sustained economic growth of 5.7% while regretting insufficient growth in the agricultural sector which stands at 3%....
23-Jun-2008

Address to the Ninth CEMAC Summit by the AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: Ninth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). Given its wealth in mineral, water, forestry and human resources, the CEMAC region constitutes an enormous growth potential for the African continent. The region has recorded significant progress in terms of growth, economic reforms and governance. However, to consolidate these assets, challenges must be overcome. Overall, CEMAC’s macro-economic situation has improved in recent years. The GDP growth averaged nearly 8% in the past four years. The quality of that growth,...
03-Jun-2008

Address to the Rome Food Summit by the AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: Rome Food Summit These are challenging times. The presence of so many leaders of governments, heads of development agencies and civil society is a testimony to our collective determination to mobilize the energies, talents and resources needed to overcome. Many eminent persons who preceded me at this rostrum, have already spelt out the issues we face much more eloquently; that the escalating global food crisis is a major setback, threatening to throw millions back into the chains of poverty, to roll back many of the gains of the last decade in human development and macroeconomic...
14-May-2008

Closing Session of the 2008 AfDB Annual Meetings - Closing Statement by the AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: 2008 AfDB Annual Meetings Closing Session The forty-third Annual Meetings of the Bank Group have come to an end. Our discussions and deliberations have been extremely constructive and enriching. As President, I have benefited from your guidance and this will contribute to sharpening our responses and approaches on important strategic issues for the Bank in the next 12 months. Let me seize this opportunity to express my appreciation to all for the success of our meetings. I once again express, in your name, my deep gratitude to the Mozambican Authorities and the People of Maputo...
13-May-2008

Managing New Threats to Sustain Momentum - AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: 2008 AfDB Annual Meetings Opening Session This Assembly, and its organs, have a packed agenda. We have, important statutory matters to consider; beginning with a review of the Bank’s operational and financial performance as well as its delivery. But this is also a privileged moment to step back, and assess the economic condition of the continent and determine what together we can do, to accelerate progress on the ground. At my first Annual Meeting in Ouagadougou, May 2006, I indicated to you my intention to set up a High Level Panel of Eminent Persons to help us with an...
19-Apr-2008

SADC International Conference on Poverty and Development - Keynote Address by the AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: SADC International Conference on Poverty and Development The subject of poverty and regional integration has attracted numerous conferences and initiatives in the past. Many pertinent recommendations have been formulated. I do not intend to return to that familiar ground. Let me simply observe that we have made steady progress in most regional blocks across Africa as we have also suffered setbacks. I see this Conference as an opportunity to re-energize, consolidate and ponder on the way forward. Commendable progress has been achieved in SADC and it is right that you now seek to...
25-Mar-2008

Address to Ministers and Guests of the First African Water Week by the AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Let me begin by observing that the choice of the theme of the First Africa Water Week “Accelerating Water Security for Socio-economic Development in Africa” reflects the veritable concern of the day, be it potable water for human consumption, for economic activities, sanitation, food production, energy and ecosystem protection, water security, must now be addressed. Let me recall for you the statistics which are familiar to you: 340 million Africans lack access to safe water; 500 million Africans have no access to sanitation; Only 4% of Africa’s potential for irrigation,...
13-Feb-2008

Speech to the 30th Anniversary of IFAD’s Partnership for Promoting Food Security and Combating Rural Poverty by the AfDB President Donald Kaberuka

Event: 30th Anniversary Session of the Governing Council of IFAD Partnership for Promoting Food Security & Combating Rural Poverty Over the past 30 years, the AfDB and IFAD have forged a strong partnership which is set to grow even further. Our two institutions together account for 50% of multilateral development assistance to agriculture in Africa. And our role in supporting rural development will remain critical. Both of our organizations and sister institutions, notably the World Bank, continue to commit significant resources to agriculture and rural development, and we have...
25-Feb-2006

US$ 3.59 million ADF Grant to Enhance Food Security in Mozambique

Women’s Entrepreneurship and Skills Development project Tunis, 25 January 2006 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund on Wednesday in Tunis, approved a grant of 2.51 million Units of Account (UA*), equivalent to US$3.59 million to finance a pilot Women’s Entrepreneurship and Skills Development project to enhance food security in Mozambique. The objective of the project is to improve household skills for reducing food insecurity levels and duration, build capacity in entrepreneurship and technical skills for food processing and at the national and provincial...
25-Jan-2006

The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Senegal Get US$ 30 million ADF Support

Ruminant Livestock Management in West Africa Tunis, 25 January 2006 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund on Wednesday in Tunis, approved a loan of 9.76 million Units of Account (UA*), equivalent to US$13.95 million and a grant of 10.24 million UA, equivalent to US$ 14.63 million to finance the sustainable management of endemic ruminant livestock in West Africa project (The Gambia, Guinea, Mali and Senegal). The Projects is aimed at conserving the biodiversity of endemic ruminant livestock with a view to increasing their productivity, in order to contribute...
07-Jun-2000

Guinea - Artisanal Fishing and Fish Farming Development - Project Phase II - Appraisal Report

Guinea has considerable fishery resources and a fish farming development potential. For several years now, it has given priority to agricultural development with a view to ensuring food self-sufficiency and increasing operating income. Within the same purview, pride of place will be given to fishery development and fish farming. Fish farming and coastal surveillance are regarded as the most important investment areas in the fishing sector. Fish farming and inland fishing development will enhance fish availability in the country’s interior, thus contributing to poverty reduction and...