The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), and the CGIAR System Organisation have formed an alliance to address rising hunger on the continent.
Last month, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that 34 million people are at risk of starvation globally with the most hotspots in Africa.
“Getting new and appropriate technologies into the hands of African farmers is a key part of addressing Africa’s agriculture and food security needs. Unless we show strong collective resolve and turn ambition into reality, we will be confronted with enormous food shortages on the continent,” African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said.
“Rapid population growth, urbanization, and ongoing climate change will make this certain. The consequences of not acting would be devastating. Africa has the potential to feed itself and feed the world,” said IFAD President Gilbert Houngbo.