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New World Food Prize Africa Institute to produce Borlaug-Adesina Fellows

Donors grow Adesina’s fund for young African agripreneurs to US $600,000

The World Food Prize Foundation is partnering with President of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), Akinwumi Adesina, to establish the World Food Prize Africa Institute. This follows the awarding of the 2017 World Food Prize to Adesina this week in Des Moines, Iowa, where he announced his decision to dedicate…

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AfDB’s agricultural transformation strategy to guarantee 513 million tons of additional food production

Adesina rallies support for technologically driven agriculture in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org) has developed a new initiative called the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) initiative – a knowledge and innovation-based response to the recognized need of scaling up proven technologies across Africa. Already, 25 African countries have written letters to the AfDB confirming their interest…

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Adesina to set up fund for young farmers, agripreneurs with US $250,000 World Food Prize money

US Vice-President praises Laureate, pledges more collaboration on food security

“I am proud as the Governor of Iowa State to proclaim Dr. Akinwumi Adesina as the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate.” With these words, the Governor of the State of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, officially named President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org), Akinwumi Adesina, as the 2017 World Food…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

United States Agency for International Development and Ghana Government Foster Private sector-led Economic Growth through Partnerships

The Seventh Annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness event draws private sector investment and encourages the sustainable growth of agribusinesses in Ghana

Recognized as the largest annual gathering of farmers, buyers, manufacturers, government officials, development partners and financial institutions, the Seventh Annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness event draws private sector investment and encourages the sustainable growth of agribusinesses in Ghana. On October 19, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the…

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World Food Prize Laureate says recognition motivates him to accelerate Africa’s agricultural transformation

Adesina, who spoke at a press conference ahead of the World Food Prize ceremony, also stressed the need to put technology and information in the hands of farmers

The World Food Prize is a great motivation which puts the wind behind the sails of what the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) is doing with its development priorities − the High 5s (http://APO.af/6D641c) – especially Feed Africa (http://APO.af/Qs73cE) the President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has said. He noted how…

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Adesina calls for immediate action over deepening crisis of global malnutrition

The President’s charge aligns with the AfDB’s High 5 development priorities, in particular with the fifth goal to improve the quality of life for the people of Africa

African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) President Akinwumi Adesina has called for urgent action from stakeholders over the deepening crisis of global malnutrition. Adesina made the call as he joined key nutrition actors, private-sector representatives, policy-makers and thought leaders at the 2017 World Food Prize-Borlaug Dialogue Symposium (http://APO.af/EXgmf3) in Des Moines, Iowa,…

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USAID Administrator Green Announces Call to Action

Administrator Green called on the private sector, universities, foundations, international research centers, and other development partners to join together to combat the Fall Armyworm, an invasive pest that is spreading rapidly through Africa

Statement by Clayton M. Mccleskey, Acting Spokesperson of United States Agency for International Development (USAID): In a keynote address at the annual World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced a call to action to combat the Fall Armyworm, a…

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AfDB launches pilot programme to cultivate the savannah in eight African countries

According to the AfDB President, so huge is the potential of African savannahs that the World Bank called the Guinea savanna zone “one of the major underutilised resources in Africa

The savannahs of Africa cover a mind-boggling 600 million hectares, of which 400 million hectares are cultivable, the President of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), Akinwumi Adesina, has said. But just 10% of this is cultivated, a mere 40 million hectares, Adesina said Wednesday, while speaking at a session titled “Transformation…

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Three World Food Prize laureates call for global action to save African crops

The fall armyworm reportedly has a foothold in 28 nations in Africa, and it feeds on crops that include maize, which more than 200 million Africans depend on for food security

The world’s anti-hunger organizations have an opportunity to prevent widespread destruction of African crops by stopping the spread of an insect, warn three of the most respected thinkers on international agriculture. However, the international community must act swiftly, in cooperation, and on a large scale to do so. The fall…

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AfDB seeks global support for Africa’s young farmers

Highlights agribusiness as solution to Africa’s youth unemployment

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has called for global support for Africa’s young farmers and “agripreneurs”, highlighting how agribusiness is the answer to the continent’s youth employment. In collaboration with the Initiative for Global Development, the Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora (AAAPD), Michigan State University, Iowa State…