African leaders and partners in the agriculture sector have validated the Feed Africa Strategy of the African Development Bank (AfDB) as a viable tool towards the transformation of agriculture on the continent.
President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire and his counterpart from Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, spoke glowingly of the AfDB’s initiative on Wednesday, September 6 at the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Abidjan.
The AfDB is accelerating agricultural development through its Feed Africa Strategy with planned investment of US $24 billion over the next 10 years.
Outtara highlighted the disconnect between the 60 million population of Africans in agriculture and the paltry 16 percent contribution of the sector to the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP). He, therefore, called on partners to fulfil the US $30 billion in commitments they made at AGRF 2016, stressing the need for more investment and focus on the sector. Read more