Food Production


AM2017 - INDIA : Agriculture is Cool: Engaging Africa’s Youth


President welcome message for the Annual Meetings 2017 ( Ahmedabad - INDIA)


Chief economist and Vice-President welcome message for the Annual Meetings 2017 ( Ahmedabad - INDIA)


Working Paper 255 - Competition and industrial policies relating to food production in southern Africa

Shaping markets and competition The nature of competitive rivalry and the identity of market participants are central to the quality of growth. The rivalry may be understood in dynamic terms including whether it relates to improving capabilities and allows opportunities for new local participants, or whether incumbents are able to evolve strategies to entrench their historical positions. A key challenge in economic development is to generate competition and competitors.

AfDB President message for the Feed Nigeria Summit


Huge Opportunities in Agriculture and Agribusiness for Graduate African Youths

There are huge business opportunities for graduated African youths in agriculture and agribusiness. That’s was the consensus of the two-day African Youth Agripreneurs Forum held in Ibadan, Nigeria, from April 25-26, 2017. However, helping African youths to invest in agricultural production and the agricultural value chain is all too often discussed as the right track of ideas for development in Africa, but little is done by governments, warned Nteranya Sanginga, the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Other speeches by CEOs (Jibunoh Adim,...

AfDB President Akinwumi A. Adesina for "Partnering with Universities for a Sustainable Food System in Africa", World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings 2017, April 20, 2017


Remarks delivered by Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank at the Centre for Global Development, Washington DC, April 19, 2017

Good morning everyone! I am honoured to have been asked by President Masood Ahmed to speak with you and share my vision and views on Africa’s development and the role of the African Development Bank. I wish to congratulate you on your appointment to replace Nancy Birdsall. Nancy, a great friend of the African Development Bank, did an incredible job as President. I have every confidence you will also. I have fun memories of this place. Almost two years ago, I was one of the candidates for the position of President of the African Development Bank gathered right here to debate Africa’s...

Famine, fragility and infrastructure development on the agenda at World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings

he African Development Bank (AfDB) is participating in the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, in Washington, DC, from April 18-23, 2017. The annual gathering brings together over 1,000 participants from government, civil society, the private sector, the media and academia. President Akinwumi Adesina will lead the AfDB delegation at the meetings, which will feature important discussions related to private sector development, unlocking financial capital for infrastructure development, food security, climate change, gender, civil society and aid...

From surviving to thriving: How AfDB is helping transform agriculture in Africa - new report

97 percent of the Bank’s agriculture projects rated satisfactory. 4000 kilometers of feeder roads built; three million people trained on farming practices 150,000 microcredit loans, water systems on 181,000 hectares of farmland By 2025, Africa aims to feed its fast growing population with its own production. What is more, the world will need Africa’s help to feed an extra two billion people in the coming generation. So making the right investments right now is crucial to unleash the huge potential of Africa’s farms and agribusinesses. The African Development Bank (AfDB), as...

AfDB Group provides USD 250 million to support ENABLE Youth Nigeria program

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), has approved the ENABLE Youth Nigeria program, and will provide a USD 250 million loan, to contribute to job creation, food security and nutrition, rural income generation and improved livelihoods for youths in both urban and rural areas. The specific objective of the program is to create business opportunities and decent employment for young women and men along priority agricultural value chains of the various enterprises (aquaculture, crops farming, marketing, processing, etc.). The programme has four components: (i...

Youths affirm agriculture as economic empowerment tool

The agro-allied industrialization of the African continent cannot materialize without the involvement of the youths because they have the right drive and energy, participants at a Tuesday session of the 2016 African Economic Conference that focused on youth entrepreneurship in agriculture said. “I say and I hope you join me to say that agribusiness is not the future. It is the now,” said Oyin Asaaju, a young Nigerian who is excited about agribusiness. Indeed, participants in the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) youth agripreneurs scheme have...

African Economic Conference: Why does Africa need an agricultural transformation?

The need for an Africa-wide agricultural transformation was the subject of a special session organized at the 11thAfrican Economic Conference (AEC) on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria. For a continent which harbours 600 million hectares or 65% of all the uncultivated arable land in the world, agriculture (on-farm and off-farm) should be the bedrock of its development, says Chiji Ojukwu, Agriculture and Agro-Industry Director at the African Development Bank. In a presentation on the theme “Feed Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth,”...

Integrated solutions key to regional agro-allied industrialization

Participants at the African Economic Conference 2016 in Abuja have identified integrated solutions as key to regional agro-allied industrialization. Speaking at the “Plenary session 3: Fostering Agro-Allied Industrialization through Regional Value Chains,” they observed that such solutions should digitalize all major interfaces between smallholder farmers and other value chain actors. In a keynote address at the session, the Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Ousmane Badiane, highlighted the need to harness information...

AEC 2016 : The Opening Ceremony Nigerian Vice President speech (Abuja)


Private sector SMEs should be catalytic force in industrialization of agriculture

Private sector small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should be the catalytic force in the industrialization and modernization of agriculture, a paper delivered Monday at the 2016 African Economic Conference taking place in Abuja has proposed. Chief Executive of Agrolay Ventures, Nigeria, Ada Osakwe, who spoke as a panelists at the “High Level Plenary Session 1: Reflections and Perspective on achieving an inclusive agro-allied industrialization in Africa”, spoke on how SMEs could provide linkages that are required for inclusive growth in the sector. “When you think about the...

La BAD déploie sa stratégie visant à « Nourrir l’Afrique » en Afrique du nord

Le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a lancé sa Stratégie « Nourrir l’Afrique - la Transformation Agricole en Afrique 2016-2025 » dans un atelier organisé à Tunis. L'objectif de cet atelier régional était de sensibiliser toutes les parties prenantes de la région de l'Afrique du nord et d'obtenir leur soutien et adhésion aux orientations de la Stratégie pour « Nourrir l’Afrique ». L'événement a réuni près de 100 participants des secteurs public et privé (des représentants d’organisations de la société civile, des jeunes entrepreneurs, des femmes,...

AfDB approves US $17-million Food Assistance for Malawi

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Board of Directors has approved a US $17 million (about MK 12.2 billion) Food Crisis Response Budget Support Programme grant for Malawi. The Programme will support Malawi Government’s Emergency Response Plan to mitigate the current food crisis through the purchase of maize for distribution to vulnerable households.   The grant will enable the Government, through the National Food Reserve Agency, to procure 36,000 metric tons of maize from international sources, as well as from local suppliers. It is estimated that the Programme will benefit...

AfDB to host five regional workshops to implement its Feed Africa strategy

Following the official launch of Feed Africa strategy on September 19, 2016 at the African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the AfDB will conduct a series of regional Africa implementation engagement workshops on the document from November 8-24, as follows: South African Region: Lusaka, Zambia, November 8, 2016 Central Africa Region: Yaoundé, Cameroon November 11, 2016 North African Region: Tunis, Tunisia November 17, 2016, West Africa Region: Dakar, Senegal November 24, 2016 East Africa Region: Kampala, Uganda November 24, 2016 The...

AfDB approves US $1-million grant to finance nutrition campaign in Nigeria’s Borno State

Executive Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Friday, November 4, 2016 approved a US $1-million emergency assistance grant to support the fight against malnutrition in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno. The Nigerian Health Ministry had in June 2016 declared a nutrition emergency in Borno. The West and Central Africa Regional Food Security and Nutrition Working Group had called for urgent response by the international community in order to prevent the situation from deteriorating further. The AfDB intervention will strengthen the Government efforts with support from...