At the AfDB, Adesina has been quite the busy bee, coming up, together with his team, and presenting the High Fives Initiative to tackle power, agriculture, industrialisation and integration amongst others. His simplified plan is a three-step approach. In his opinion, Africa has to learn to feed itself, then industrialisation must follow shortly and achieve competitiveness in exports.
Inspired by his work in Nigeria, Adesina’s AfDB launched the ENABLE Youth Programme, which in 2016, provided $8m to eight countries to produce 10,000 young graduate agribusiness entrepreneurs. :We want people that are going to be like the Aliko Dangotes of food in Africa and what we are trying to do in that programme is to reduce the risk of lending to them. Bank on the young people; they are the future,” Adesina told Punch newspaper excitedly. Read more