What?! Technology is the solitary, absolute force behind achieving food security in Africa? This is truly mind-boggling and explosive news!

What?! Technology Is The Solitary, Absolute Force Behind Achieving Food Security In Africa? This Is Truly Mind-boggling And Explosive News!

Are you capable of comprehension? The key to materializing food security within Africa is solely reliant on technology. Proclamations made by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the African Development Bank President, during the opening session of the 8th Africa Agribusiness and Science Week in Durban, South Africa, suggest that Africa has the required partnerships and technologies to terminate hunger. Adesina told the audience of agriculture and agribusiness research and innovation in Africa that, “We must pull together the best of science, technology, and innovations to drive a more productive, efficient, and more competitive agricultural system.” The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) coordinated the event with the government of South Africa, The African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank, and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Various other organizations, such as UNIDO, IFAD, and the European Commission, were involved as well.

During the event, AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Ambassador Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko remarked that the timing of the event could not have been better given the current state of the world caused by cascading factors, including Covid-19 and climate change. To leverage its potential, including science, and be proactive rather than reactive to shocks, Africa needs to take advantage of its youthful population and huge natural capital. “Let us unlock the potential we have… We should feed Africans and we should feed the world,” Sacko urged.

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Alioune Fall, the FARA Chairperson, spoke about the intricately interconnected relationship between climate change and agricultural production. Fall said that “Climate change and its effect on the continent require new ways of doing things in almost all facets of our society.” The potential of African food systems can unleash $1 trillion in value over the next seven years, according to Adesina. Adesina emphasized that to achieve this, people must provide the CGIAR with considerably more resources, ensure that it works and delivers for Africa based on their priorities, and support regional research and development institutions, such as FARA and the sub-regional agricultural research organizations.

African Development Bank initiatives to boost African food security include the Feed Africa Summit, which took place in January in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. The Summit brought together 34 heads of state and government, and, working with development partners from across the globe, the African Union Commission, private sector companies, and global and national agricultural research centers, developed Food and Agricultural Delivery Compacts for 41 countries. The summit partners have mobilized $72 billion so far to support the national compacts.

Adesina presented the 2023 FARA Leadership Prizes for Advancing Agricultural Science, Technology, and Innovation in Africa to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organization; Ambassador Sacko; FARA’s Executive Director Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo; Senegal’s former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Infrastructure Papa Abdoulaye Seck, and Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah.

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