Food security: AfDB to deliver wheat seeds to 20 million farmers, says Adesina


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Akinwumi Adesina, president of African Development Bank (AfDB) says the firm is set to deliver climate-adapted, certified wheat, and other staple crops seeds to 20 million farmers.

Adesina said this in a document titled, ‘Averting an African food crisis: The African food production facility’ released on Monday in Abuja.

He said the initiative would tackle the food crisis in African countries including Nigeria, adding that the delivery of seeds and increased access to agricultural fertilizers would be done through the bank’s African emergency food production facility.

Adesina said within the next two years, the facility would allow farmers to produce 38 million additional tonnes of food, adding that the plan was a 30 percent increment in local production worth an estimated $12 billion.
He also said the facility would support enhanced governance and policy reforms.

“From the onset, the African Development Bank realised the strategic need to tackle the devastating impact of the war on Africa’s food security,” Adesina said.

“It is important to prevent unrest and even more human suffering. In May, the bank established a $1.5 billion African emergency food production facility.
“In less than 60 days, it put into action $1.13 billion worth of programmes under the facility across 24 African countries.

“Half a dozen more programmes are expected to get underway by September as more governments apply to the facility.

“Africa needs seeds in the ground and mechanical harvesters to harvest bountiful food produced locally. Africa will feed itself with pride because there is no dignity in begging for food.”

Adesina further said the African emergency food production facility had benefited from stakeholder consultations.