10 August 2022
President of African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina has announced the readiness of afDB to embark on a mission to reach out to 20 million farmers in Africa with staple crops seed and climate adapted certified wheat.
The goal of the project is to help increase food security in Africa through African Emergency Food Production Facility, a unit of AfDB. It is expected to yield an output of 38 million tonnes of food in the continent – a 30 percent increment of food produced locally.
Mr. Adesina stated that “The African Development Bank realized the strategic need to tackle the devastating impact of the war on Africa’s food security…;it is important to prevent unrest and even more human suffering.”
One of the project’s objectives is to make Africa’s agricultural sector attractive, which would eventually lead to a global investment instead of the continent losing its dignity.
Since the Russia-Ukraine war started, the price of wheat has increased tremendously thus pushing up prices of other food items such as bread.
By Onyinye Ubah – EYEGAMBIA