Food Production


African Leaders for Nutrition: Graça Machel message


African Leaders for Nutrition: The AfDB plays a greater role in promoting nutrition accountability and grey matter infrastructure

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, and John Kufuor, former President of Ghana and Co-chair of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, hosted the first official meeting of the African Leaders for Nutrition on Monday, October 17 in Abidjan. The Champions of the African Leaders for Nutrition also include Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of Madagascar; Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations; Aliko Dangote, Founder and CEO of the Dangote Group; Jamie Cooper, Founding Chair and President of Big Win Philanthropy; Graça Machel,...

Keynote Address delivered by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, at the World Food Prize, Des Moines, Iowa, October 13, 2016

Your Excellency President Joyce Banda, Professor M.S. Swaminathan, the Borlaug family, John and Janet Ruan, the World Food Prize Laureates, Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, and the future leaders in agriculture. I am delighted to be here with you all today. It is such a great honor for Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, to have invited me to be keynote speaker today. Thank you very much Ambassador Quinn, my dear friend; Professor Swaminathan; the Board members and staff of the World Food Prize Foundation, for all the great work you do...

Agricultural Production, Food Security and Higher Value in North Africa

Interest in agriculture and food security issues in North Africa increased after the food price rise and continued price volatility since late 2006. North African countries are highly dependent on world markets for their food security. This did not seem to be a problem as long as world food prices were low and stable during the 1980s and 1990s. However, when they started rising and becoming more volatile after 2006, alarm bells rang all across the region. The social unrest that started in late 2010 in Tunisia and then spread to other countries also drew attention to the importance of...

AfDB launches “Feed Africa: A Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa 2016-2025”

The Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department of the African Development Bank Group launched its “Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa 2016-2025” on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the AfDB headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The objective of the launch was to present the AfDB strategy for agricultural transformation in Africa to a wide range of stakeholders on the continent. As part of the Bank’s High 5 Agenda and the objectives of Feed Africa, the Bank adopted the “Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa 2016-2025”. The AfDB’s Feed Africa strategy...

Zanzibar Water and Sanitation Project: Improving lives in rural communities

“I no longer need to waste hours fetching water. I have more time to help my husband with our cattle – which was quite difficult without access to clean water. It’s such a relief,” Zuena, a farmer from Machui, said of the African Development Bank’s Zanzibar Water and Sanitation Project, completed in 2015. Her household recently benefited from the Machui project. “It has changed our lives,” she said.  “Your testimony provides us with further incentive to continue supporting the efforts of your country in providing safe and reliable water and sanitation services to the population of...

AfDB mobilizes 28.6 billion FCFA for local development in Senegal

On September 14, 2016 in Abidjan, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved a loan of 34.78 million units of account (approximately 28.6 billion FCFA) to the Republic of Senegal to fund Phase 1 of the Support Programme for Reform of Local Development (PARDL-I). PARDL-I is the first phase of a series of two operations offering programmatic budget support for the financial years 2016 and 2017 with an overall indicative funding envelope of 44.78 million UA (approximately 36.8 billion CFA francs). PARDL-I provides the programme’s multi-year framework and a...

US $30 billion to benefit farmers, strengthening Africa’s agriculture

Weiteithye Farmers Group in Mwala, Eastern Kenya, comprises about 100 small-scale farmers struggling with crop production, value addition and marketing of their produce. Like other smallholder farmers in Africa, the Weiteithye group lacks access to inputs, financial services and skills in agri-business, efficient machinery for processing produce, market information, new technology, among others. David Mutiso, the group’s Chairman, is calling for support to promote agriculture into a profitable sector. “Most of the people in the rural areas like us depend on farming. The Government must...

New ways of financing are crucial for transforming Africa’s agriculture, says new report

Innovative financing is crucial for agricultural transformation, wealth creation and long-term prosperity in Africa, according to this year’s Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), launched on September 6, 2016 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The African Development Bank (AfDB) is one the authors of the report, which focuses on Progress toward Agricultural Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa. It says despite annual public investments in agriculture having risen across Africa, from US $186.4 million per country between 1995 to 2003 to US $219.6 million between 2008 to 2014, only 13 African...

AfDB shares its long-term agenda for continental agriculture and agribusiness development at African Green Revolution Forum

The African Development Bank’s discusses its bold agenda to transform Africa’s agriculture and agribusiness for long-term wealth creation and prosperity this week as it participates in this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), taking place in Nairobi Kenya. The September 5-9, 2016 event, under the theme: “Seize the Moment: Securing Africa’s Rise Through Agricultural Transformation”, will see the AfDB President, Akinwumi Adesina deliver a keynote address at a plenary on the “Role of Policy in Enabling Public-Private Partnerships to Achieve African Agricultural Transformation”....

AfDB to host seminar on “Reshaping African food systems”

The Agriculture and Agro-industries Department of the African Development Bank (OSAN) will host a seminar on “Reshaping African food systems: The role of technological and policy innovations”. Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will deliver a presentation on the topic during the event scheduled to take place on September 5, 2016 at the AfDB’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The African Development Bank seeks to explore new ways to create an adequate food system in Africa. Food security and nutrition is improving in...

AfDB President offers roadmap towards agriculture transformation at TICAD Summit

The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has outlined a roadmap towards the transformation of agriculture in Africa. The President laid emphasis on combating malnutrition in children, turning African farmlands into major suppliers of food for export and putting funds at the disposal of local banks to create a stable source of funding for farm investments. Addressing prominent players in the world of agriculture at the Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICAD) VI underway in Nairobi on Friday, President Adesina emphasised that the Bank’s...

AfDB Group announces USD 1-million emergency grant to mitigate severe malnutrition for Madagascar’s Great South Region

The African Development Bank has approved a USD 1 million emergency grant to fight the scourge of malnutrition in the Great South of Madagascar. The purpose of the grant is to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable groups by decreasing the severity of food insecurity as well as decreasing the overall acute malnutrition of children under the age of five years in the region. The Bank support will result in the increase of the number of households that have access to a nutritious diet through Food and Nutrition Assistance services. It will also increase the number of children under five...

AfDB and UN commit to fight malnutrition in Mozambique

On June 29, 2016 the UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative in Mozambique, Marcia de Castro, paid a courtesy visit to the African Development Bank’s Resident Representative, Joseph Ribeiro in Maputo. The UN representative, who recently assumed duty in the country, hailed the Bank efforts towards the economic and social development of Mozambique, adding that her office would like to work closely with the Bank in bringing durable solutions to the many challenging issues facing Mozambique. A particular area of cooperation that was identified is...

“Feed Africa” – AfDB develops strategy for Africa’s agricultural transformation

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved an agricultural transformation strategy for a competitive and inclusive agribusiness sector that creates wealth, improves lives and secures the environment. “Feed Africa: Strategy for Agricultural Transformation in Africa, 2016-2025,” received unanimous endorsement by Executive Directors of the Bank Group in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on Wednesday, May 22, 2016. The document was widely reviewed by global stakeholders, peer institutions and partners as well as through regional consultations held in Rabat, Kinshasa...

Investing in science and research has massive benefits for Africa’s economy

Africa needs to make greater investments in science and technology to become more efficient and competitive in agriculture, says the African Development Bank (AfDB). According to the Bank, science and technology are critical in transforming the agriculture industry from one that manages rural poverty to a wealth creating sector. The Bank’s President Akinwumi Adesina was speaking at the 7th Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), where he was awarded the FARA Leadership Prize for advancing agricultural science, technology and innovation...

PPM – Mauritanie - programme de renforcement de la résilience à l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle au sahel - P2RS

PPM – Mauritanie - programme de renforcement de la résilience à l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle au sahel - P2RS

A postscript to the 2016 Annual Meetings: Building on the momentum, and looking ahead with the High 5s

For five intense days, the 51st Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the 42nd Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Fund (ADF) in Lusaka, Zambia, focused on the growth trajectory of the Bank and the continent. The Meetings brought together more than 4,000 participants, including Heads of State and Government and their delegations, Governors, Alternate Governors, members of the Boards of Directors, delegates, business leaders, and representatives of the private sector, civil society organizations, the media, observers, as well as Bank...

AfDB, Malawi ink US $1-million humanitarian assistance grant agreement

The African Development Bank and the Government of the Republic of Malawi signed a grant agreement for a humanitarian emergency assistance to mitigate the effects of the 2015 floods and El Niño in 2016. The signing ceremony was hosted by Kapil Kapoor, AfDB Acting Vice-President, Sector Operations, during the institution’s Annual Meetings held in Lusaka, Zambia. Malawi experienced severe floods in 2015 which led to loss of life, property and crops. A total of 2.86 million people were declared food insecure by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) in 2015. The President of the...

AfDB signs a new partnership agreement with Big Win Philanthropy and the Dangote Foundation to generate economic growth through improved child nutrition

The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, on Monday, May 23, signed a new partnership agreement on promoting nutrition in Africa with Jamie Cooper, Chair of Big Win Philanthropy, and Zouera Youssoufou, CEO of the Dangote Foundation. The partnership was reached at the Bank’s 2016 Annual Meetings in Lusaka and will boost economic returns from the AfDB’s US $33-billion investment portfolio by reprogramming suitable investments in sectors ranging from agriculture to education, to generate nutritional benefit for children. Better child nutrition is crucial for Africa’s...