The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) launched its Feed Africa Strategy in the West Africa sub-region, a programme to make the continent food sufficient.
The programme which was launched at a workshop in Dakar last Thursday was approved by the Board of Directors of the AfDB in June 2016.
The workshop was to sensitise and enhance the mobilization of all stakeholders for the implementation of the “Feed Africa: Strategy for the Agricultural Transformation in Africa 2016 – 2025″.
The workshop attracted no fewer than 150 participants from all West African countries, the public and private sectors, civil society, academia and research, associations of producers and consumers and young agripreneurs.
The Senegal’s Agriculture and Rural Equipment Minister, Papa Abdoulaye Seck, who was chairman at the occasion, reaffirmed the government’s support to the “Feed Africa” strategy.
The initiative was designed to enable Africa to sustainably feed Africa and position Africa to provide food to the rest of the world.
He also recalled that Senegal has embarked on a difficult but realistic and achievable challenge: to make every effort to restructure its agriculture in order to achieve sustainable food and nutritional security as soon as possible.
For Senegal, the “Feed Africa” strategy is the synergy of resources and efforts for an efficient and sustainable exploitation of the potentialities and the assumption of a range of prerequisites.
The minister highlighted the challenges and enablers which underscore the transformation of agriculture in Africa. He invited the countries of the sub-region to take ownership of the new strategy to end Africa’s dependence on food imports while improving nutrition among the population.
In his welcome remarks, Adalbert Nshimyumuremyi, the Bank’s Acting Resident Representative in Senegal, reiterated the Bank’s commitment to promote structural transformation of Agriculture in Africa to turn this sector into the engine of economic transformation of the Continent.
He also recalled that the new Strategy for the Transformation of Agriculture in Africa is the materialization of “Feed Africa” which is one of the Bank’s five priorities to advance Africa’s transformative agenda. He stressed the need for strong commitment from all stakeholders to ensure the implementation of the strategy.
An in-depth presentation of the Strategy was made by Johm B. Ken, Lead Agroeconomist in the Bank’s Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department.