Africa Will Not Face Food Crisis – Adesina

The African Development Bank, AfDB says the continent will not experience food crisis contrary to reports of an imminent food crisis.

President of the AfDB Group Akinwumi Adesina gave the assurance at a meeting with journalists, ahead of the Bank’s 2022 Annual Meetings in Accra, Ghana.

He explained that the Bank was ready with plans to avert any looming food crisis, noting that his conviction was based on the `High 5’ programmes of the AfDB which centered on Feed Africa.

Adesina stressed that the continent must be a solution for food to the world because it has 65 per cent of the arable land, saying though Africa was faced with a lot of challenges, the Bank was not deterred by the challenges.

The President of the Group pointed out that the AfDB and the African Union Commission had developed the Africa Emergency Food Production Plan. He said the plan would provide 20 million farmers with improved seeds and fertilizers, as well as other farm inputs to produce 38 million tonnes of food worth 12 billion dollars.

Adesina stated that the food would include 11 million tonnes of wheat, 18 million tonnes of maize, six million tonnes of rice and 2.5 million tonnes of soybeans.

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