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IITA boss, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga receives prestigious award for championing youth in agriculture programs

The Association of Deans of Agriculture in Nigeria Universities (ADAN) has honored the Director-General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Nteranya Sanginga, with an Award of Excellence for successfully pioneering the IITA Youth in Agribusiness program.

The award was presented to the IITA boss during the 64th annual general meeting of ADAN held recently in Nasarawa State, north-central Nigeria.

“We are proud of the impact of the work that IITA has been doing, particularly among the youth, and it is worthy of recognition,” Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of ADAN, Prof. Olumuyiwa James Jayeoba, said.

The IITA youth program, which initially started with less than 50 youths on IITA Campus, Ibadan, has blossomed with hundreds of young people across Africa benefiting from the program. Most of the program’s beneficiaries are now managers of their own farms, while others have picked up other vocations within the agriculture space.

“ADAN intends to emulate the IITA Youth program and replicate the model across Nigerian universities,” Prof. Jayeoba disclosed.

Receiving the award on behalf of Dr Sanginga, Dr Alfred Dixon, the Director of the Development and Delivery Office of IITA, said the recognition was an encouragement for IITA and the DG to do more for the growth of youth in Africa.

“The youth program in IITA has demonstrated that the rising youth population is a huge capital that we need to harness for wealth creation and the prosperity of Africa,” Dr Dixon added.

Widely referred to as the “father of youth in agripreneurship”, Dr Sanginga successfully pioneered the youth-in-agriculture initiative that has been adopted in many African countries.

Prior to becoming the Director-General of IITA, Dr Sanginga served as the Director of the Nairobi-based Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute (TBSF) of the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT-TBSF). Before transferring to CIAT-TBSF, Dr Sanginga served for 14 years in IITA in various capacities, including Principal Scientist and Head of the Soil Microbiology Unit.

Other positions he held include Assistant Coordinator of the Alley Farming Network for Tropical Africa (AFNETA); Project Coordinator of Improvement of High-Intensity Food and Forage Crop Systems and Short Fallow Systems to Arrest Land Degradation due to Land Use Intensification; Leader of the multidisciplinary program Improving and Intensifying Cereal-Legume Systems in the Moist and Dry Savannas of West and Central Africa, and collaborating with many scientists in national and international institutions.

Dr Sanginga has more than 30 years of experience with the University of Zimbabwe, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria, CIAT-TSBF, and IITA in agricultural research and development, particularly in the fields of applied microbial ecology, plant nutrition, and integrated natural resources management in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

Born and bred in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dr Sanginga did most of his postgraduate training at IITA and his PhD in Agronomy/Soil Microbiology under a joint program between IITA and the Institut Facultaire des Sciences Agronomiques, Yangambi, DRC.

He has extensive skills in research management, developing partnerships and institutional linkages, and institution building. Under his leadership, the CIAT-TSBF portfolio rose from $1.2 million in 2003 to over $14.5 million in 2010. Its research-for-development agenda expanded from focusing on Western Kenya to covering the major agroecosystems of East, Central, and Southern Africa. In IITA, he has more than tripled the institute’s budget since the assumption into office.

Dr Sanginga played a major role in the creation of the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihood in Central Africa (CIALCA) that included three international research centers (IITA, CIAT-TSBF, and Bioversity), university partners in Belgium, national research and development partners in DRC, Burundi, and Rwanda.

His career has also focused on building the capacity of young scientists in Africa. He has trained more than 30 PhD candidates at the National University of Congo, School of Agriculture and the University of Zimbabwe, who now hold leadership positions in their countries.

Dr Sanginga has to his credit more than 150 publications in international journals and book chapters.

Under his leadership, IITA received the Al-Sumait Award for Food Security in 2016 and the Africa Food Prize in 2018.

At the award ceremony were: Dr Chrys Akem, Technologies for TAAT Coordinator: Prof. Lateef Sanni, Project Leader for BASICS-II; Ezinne Igbokwe Ibe , Project Administrator, BASICS-II: Godwin Atser, Advocacy, Promotion & Outreach Lead, BASICS-II and the youth agriprenuers in IITA.

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Federal and state governments endorse Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones Programme, partners African Development Bank

Nigeria’s Federal and State governments have expressed overwhelming support for an initiative to create Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) – public-private partnerships aimed at developing priority value chains through developing infrastructure in rural areas, focused on finishing and transforming raw materials and commodities.

At a high-level briefing session held on Monday, Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, who hosted the meeting, reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to put in place enabling policies and incentives to attract private sector investment in the Zones, to ensure successful implementation.

“The Federal government is committed to successfully implementing the programme to increase agricultural production, reduce poverty, and scale up job creation across the country,” Ahmed said.

The participants, representatives of the African Development Bank Group, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), provided progress updates on the scheme, following their consultations with key stakeholders within the public and private sectors.

Director-General of the African Development Bank’s Nigeria Country Department, Lamin Barrow said the zones would be rolled out in 18 African countries, including Nigeria.

The Nigeria Special Agro-industrial Processing Zone programme consists of four mutually reinforcing components – infrastructure development and agro-industrial hubs management; agriculture productivity and production; policy and institutional development; and programme coordination and management.

The Federal government is committed to successfully implementing the programme to increase agricultural production, reduce poverty, and scale up job creation across the country

“The Bank and its development partners are mobilizing $520 million to co-finance the first phase of the program in Nigeria, be implemented in phases across six geo-political zones,” Barrow said.

Ahmed said all 36 States in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory would be eligible to participate in the SAPZ programme. In addition to the Federal Capital Territory and 7 states – Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Imo, Cross River, Ogun and Oyo – participating in Phase 1, several other states have indicated an interest in the SAPZ programme. These include Bauchi, Lagos, Niger, Jigawa, Ekiti, Lagos, Taraba, Benue, Sokoto, Ondo, Nasarawa, Gombe and Kogi.

Prof. Oyebanji Oyeleran-Oyeyinka, the Senior Adviser on Industrialisation to the President of the African Development Bank, said “the zone model is an explicit industrialization strategy to transform poor rural spaces into zones of prosperity, stem rural-urban migration, end human insecurity induced by herder-farmers clashes, and provide employment to Nigerian youth.”

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adebayo, commended the strategic initiative of the African Development Bank and its partners, and added “strong private sector participation will ensure that the project aligns with the Federal Government’s industrialization agenda.”

Also present at the meeting African Development Bank Group’s Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Beth Dunford, said, “In the same manner that SAPZs have worked in other countries, it will create jobs, develop skills, and facilitate agricultural value chains development in Nigeria. Private sector investment is critical to the success of the SAPZs, as well as having the right policies in place. Action is needed now. The African Development Bank is ready to accelerate this action.”

IFAD’s Associate Vice President for Programme Management, Donald Brown said, “this flagship project will  enable us to take our relationship with the African Development Bank to another level. Our relationship started 43 years ago, and since then we have worked together on 52 projects. But I think the Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones are the biggest and most high-profile project that IFAD and the Bank will work on together.”

Solomon Quaynor, African Development Bank’s Vice President for Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, noted that “the quality of industrial policies and design will influence the quality of private sector operators that can be attracted into the Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones.”

Ougfaly Badji, IsDB’s Senior Agricultural Economist said the zones would enable producers, processors, and the entire agricultural value chain in Nigeria, to become more functional and profitable.

Special Agro-industrial Processing are a flagship initiative of the Bank’s ‘Feed Africa’ strategic priority. They aim to provide end-to-end solutions and services that de-risk production, processing, and marketing operations of private sector actors as they boost manufacturing and transformation capacity in production areas. The end result is improved livelihoods for millions in the rural areas as well as a reduction in poverty.

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Young people are the future, they will build a better world- Amb Abdullahi Bindawa

Young people are the future. But all too often in today’s world young women and men are marginalized and excluded – from decent employment and from crucial decisions about how to address the big challenges that face us all. Their voices are rarely heard in democratic debate and their needs and views are rarely reflected in policies and programme.

Yet more than ever the world needs young people’s ideas, their talents and their energy. In rural areas, we particularly need their drive and innovative skills to sustainably produce the food required by an increasingly populous and urbanized world.

Young people aged 15 to 24 make up 17 per cent of the developing world’s population. In the least developed countries alone, 15.7 million young women and men will join the working-age population every year between 2010 and 2050.

 

Many of them will live in rural areas and work outside the formal sector. Today in sub-Saharan Africa, for example, 62 per cent of young people work on family farms, where they are often unpaid and unprotected. Given the sheer numbers of young people reaching working age, the potential of a so-called “demographic dividend” is great, but so is the risk.

Integrating young people into productive society boosts their countries’ economic growth while also contributing to political stability and social harmony. If we fail to bring young women and men into the economic mainstream, we will lose the contributions of this generation while raising the likelihood of social unrest.

These facts have shaped IFAD’s agenda more and more in recent years. They are reflected in our current strategic framework, which calls for “creating viable opportunities for rural youth”. And they are seen in the programmes and projects we support, which increasingly work directly with young rural people and prioritize their needs.

I am pleased to see that youth issues are also increasingly on the global agenda. For example, the United Nations System-Wide Action Plan on Youth (Youth SWAP) represents a real opportunity for UN agencies, including International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), to create partnerships that serve young people better.

The international community is now formulating the post-2015 development agenda. All parties clearly recognize that inclusivity and equity are crucial for broad and sustainable poverty reduction. This is a golden opportunity to reverse the marginalization of young people, and especially of young women and men outside the cities. Modernizing food production systems, providing green energy, addressing environmental degradation and climate change, and driving growth in rural areas all require their dynamism and creativity.

We know what we need to do to support young rural people. We must provide high-quality education and relevant training. We must create an environment that generates decent jobs with opportunities for all young people.

We must enable them to gain access to the resources, inputs and services they need to be productive. We must also recognize that migration will be the right choice for some young rural people, and we must help make it a good choice that is safe and rewarding. And we must support young people’s genuine participation in their communities and nations.

Working in partnership with young rural people and their organizations to make all of this possible is central to IFAD’s programme of work. It is also indispensable to creating a more equitable, just and sustainable world.

Amb Abdullahi Bindawa DSC, UN Security Expert. Nigerian educator, Humanitarian worker and was the most widely recognized young leader in the Africa continent

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Boosting Family Nutritional Value: Agric Firm To Unveil ‘Chicken Club’

An Ibadan-based frontline agricultural firm, Images Chicken, under the stable of D’Bestline Farm, has perfected plans to unveil Chicken Club with a view to further improve on meeting the Nutritional need of Nigerians and seamless protein supply to the family.

The pilot study of this package according to the Managing Director/CEO of the firm, Rev. Olatunde O, Owolabi will commence from Oluyole axis of Ibadan and after successful evaluation will spread to other parts of the State.
While explaining to the newsmen at his Oluyole office, the Vice-Chairman Oyo State Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Apata zone said the idea was conceptualized to ease the burden associated with getting needed protein supply to the family.

“Protein is an important part of a healthy diet and Studies have also shown that higher protein intake helps to maintain bone mineral density while eating chicken can help to build stronger muscles and Chicken is filled with high-quality proteins and doesn’t contain much fat especially if you eat lean cuts.

“Beyond its rich protein content, chicken also contains Vitamin B12, Tryptophan, Choline, Zinc, Iron and Copper. The chicken offers lots of advantages and subscribers to this package will also enjoy free supplies during the festive period depending on the type of their packages”, said Rev Owolabi.

He added that “one can subscribe to a three, six months or one year package. With a chicken club package, you can have a seamless protein supply to your family and after subscription one is guaranteed of being supplied 1.4 to 1.5 kg of chicken to your doorstep, and when the price goes up, you’re covered”.

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International Youth Day: New investment guidelines aim to elevate young people in agri-food systems

Youth employment is a critical issue across sub-Saharan Africa. With agriculture contributing to nearly 23 per cent of GDP in Africa, and 10-12 million jobs needing to be created annually for new labour market entrants, the creation of decent jobs for youth in rural and urban areas is urgent. Since smallholder farmers make up approximately 60 per cent of the population, deliberate investments in youth will facilitate the advancement of agricultural employment possibilities in the region, attracting youth participation.

Agri-food systems have the potential to create and scale-up decent employment opportunities for young people and lead to shared prosperity in Africa. Following estimates by the World Bank, the agribusiness and logistics sectors in Africa will mobilize about a trillion dollars of business by 2030.

At the same time, a key challenge for donors, youth leaders, and policymakers in the agri-food system is how to include and prioritize youth as an important demographic from conception to implementation and monitoring during each investment cycle.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the African Union have made significant efforts to accelerate youth-responsive agriculture and agribusiness investment programmes through the drafting of new Investment Guidelines for Youth in Agri-food Systems in Africa. They mark an important step in translating existing global and regional commitments for investments in agri-food systems into action.

The African continent can prosper if we take action now through formulating policies, investments programmes, and interventions

The Guidelines were validated in July during a technical workshop held with senior officials of the African Union, representatives of youth groups, young entrepreneurs, producer organizations, international finance institutions, and other development partners, and will be presented for endorsement by African Union Member States in October.

The Guidelines draw on research, successful programs, expert consultations and other tools to aggregate the most effective and innovative entry points for governments and stakeholders looking to formulate or review their national agricultural and agribusiness investment plans with youth at the forefront.

“The African continent can prosper if we take action now”

The Guidelines were drafted to assist African governments and others to design youth-responsive and youth-led agriculture and agribusiness investment programmes to increase youth entrepreneurship and decent jobs. They were also created to stimulate policy dialogue to ensure an enabling environment for investing in youth, particularly in rural areas and from vulnerable backgrounds.

“The Food and Agriculture Organization invites governments, producer organizations, youth organizations, international financial institutions, and all other development partners to use the Investment Guidelines as a practical tool for operationalizing efforts to increase investments in youth in the agri-food sector,” said Abebe Haile-Gabriel, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa.

“The African continent can prosper if we take action now through formulating policies, investments programmes, and interventions that are demographically informed, youth-focused, and youth sensitive to tap the energy and dynamism of its increasing youth population,” said Amb. Josefa Sacko, the African Union Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment.

The Guidelines will be presented at the African Union’s Specialised Technical Committee (STC) Meeting in October for endorsement by African Union Member States.

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Transforming Agri-Food Systems to the Sustainable Development Goals

Transforming the world’s agri-food systems, the way we produce, process, distribute and consume food has been identified as one of the key avenues to achieving many targets of the 2030 Agenda. This means better production, better nutrition, and a better environment, for a better life.

The 2021-2025 FAO strategy for private sector engagement reflects a new forward-looking vision for strengthening strategic engagement with the private sector towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It recognizes that mobilizing the capacities and resources of the private sector is essential for achieving the SDGs, particularly SDG2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

For the NENA region, this is probably nowhere more evident than in the agri-food systems, where the private sector plays such an important role along the whole food chain. Today, the region’s food and agriculture sectors are poised to meet some of the world’s biggest challenges in our common pursuit of SDG 2; from providing a growing population with affordable, accessible, and nutritious food, to reducing hunger and malnutrition, combating growing obesity, dealing with the already stark impacts of climate change, addressing water scarcity and other environmental concerns, and tackling emerging threats from pests and diseases.

The event is organized by the Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa – FAO with the support of the Islamic Development Bank Group Business Forum (THIQAH)

The private sector plays a central role in addressing these challenges; offering innovative tools, resources, knowledge and technologies that are critical to achieve SDG 2 through agri-food systems transformation; adopting more inclusive and resilient practices in their businesses; and investing in more efficient and sustainable technologies.

Governments, civil society, development partners, research and the private sector have much to gain in engaging in the kind of collaborative partnership that is needed to achieve the SDGs.

In this light, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is proposing to initiate a dialogue with the private sector in the NENA region in order to build a common vision about challenges faced by the region’s agri-food systems and to identify opportunities for private sector engagement and action around the SDGs and SDG 2 in particular.

The upcoming FAO-private sector dialogue will seek to develop a conversation with three main categories of private sector operators:

  • Micro-, small and medium-sized agri-food enterprises (MSMEs), including start-ups, who can play a critical role in achieving food security and eradicating rural poverty, with special emphasis on digital agriculture and youth-and women-led businesses;
  • Large firms, including large national and multinational companies and State owned enterprises operating in the agri-food sector, including production, processing, distribution and retail;
  • Financial institutions, including commercial banks and private investors, impact investors and other private investment institutions who have the potential to play a critical role in mobilizing private investment to achieve the SDGs.

The event is organized by the Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa – FAO with the support of the Islamic Development Bank Group Business Forum (THIQAH).

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Agriculture: African Development Bank participates in launch of African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) platform linking Africa’s SMEs to investment opportunity

The African Development Bank’s (AfDB.org) incoming Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Dr. Beth Dunford, and Director for Agricultural Finance and Rural Infrastructure Development Atsuko Toda joined development leaders online to launch this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Agribusiness Deal Room. The AGRF’s agriculture matchmaking platform initiative links some 4,000 actors in the agriculture sector to investment and networking opportunities.

In her first public engagement since her appointment, Dr. Dunford gave keynote remarks at a virtual session that drew more than 200 participants on Tuesday, 29 June. Dr. Dunford said that across Africa, there is a growing class of “agripreneurs” who are looking for investment, partnerships, technical knowhow and financing to scale up their business.

The African Development Bank is excited to grow its partnership to this initiative. The Agribusiness Deal Room compliments our efforts to expand finance for agribusiness to enable small and medium enterprises to grow and attract new and innovative sources of sustainable capital,” she told the online audience.

Organized by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, this fourth edition of the Agribusiness Deal Room will be featured at the annual AGRF Summit that convenes stakeholders to facilitate partnerships and investments in African agriculture. The Agribusiness Deal Room specifically supports governments and companies with access to finance and partnership opportunities.

Dr. Dunford told session attendees that the platform aligns with the Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy (bit.ly/3hCzaMr), which seeks to ensure that the growth of the agricultural sector includes food security, and encourages inclusive growth by involving more women and youth. She also said Bank support of the Agribusiness Deal Room signals a commitment to a collective vision to accelerate Africa’s food system transformation.

“In my new capacity with the Bank, I’m looking forward to working with the AGRF and so many partners with us online, to see these food systems become more sustainable and more resilient,” Dr. Dunford added.

The African Development Bank is excited to grow its partnership to this initiative

This year, the AGRF Agribusiness Deal Room will focus on addressing the challenges in agricultural lending to small and medium enterprises, or SMEs.

“The huge potential of the agricultural sector on the continent remains unmet, with agriculture potentially the engine of African economies. We designed the Deal Room to build the capacities of SMEs while at the same time connecting them with sources of financing. We are looking for investments and partnerships that will unlock the sector’s potential,” said Dr. Fadel Ndiame, Deputy President, AGRA.

The Bank is one of 24 Agribusiness Deal Room partners that bring complementary capabilities, resources, and networks to the platform.

Toda served on one of two discussion panels at Tuesday’s launch, the first focused “Investments for resilience, public and private sector strategies,” the latter, themed “Building SME capacity to mitigate risks for a sustainable African food system.”

Speaking to the theme of building SME capacity, Toda said that these often under-the-radar businesses play a key role in delivering food to African tables and in generating employment.

“SMEs are the engine of growth for food supply chains. If you look at any food supply chain, between 65 – 90% of the food supply is actually through small and medium enterprises,” Toda said.

“For people to have jobs in Africa – it is very difficult to get into the formal sector. So the informal sector – the small, medium enterprises – are so important for creating jobs on the African continent,” she added.

Dr. Dunford will be responsible for the Bank’s strategy, lending and other activities in agriculture, as well as in water and sanitation, education, health, and Bank-wide work on employment and gender equity.

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Special Announcement: AWC to launch investment opportunities, support education in DRC

African Women Council, Inc led by President, Marie -Rose Sirikari has announced its plans to make positive impact on the lives on the citizen of DRC through investment opportunities, education support and humanitarian assistance.

This was made in the announcement received by African Development Magazine.

Theme:AN APPROACH TO ECONOMIC INVESTMENT IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

His Excellency, Amb. Malik Nodeem Abid (Secretary General & Executive Director at International Human Rights Commission – RFT Headquarters) as the special guest speaker among others speakers,

Also invited dignitaries are executive directors which include; Lady Tee Thompson, (CEO Agrobiz), Lady B Bless, (Lady B Bless Humanitarian Foundation), Mary Apollo , (Journalist and leader of South Sudan) among other notable dignitaries.

To be part of the historic event; join the Live stream webcast on Wednesday June 30, 2021 at 10:00am US Eastern Standard time.

African Women Council, Inc (AWC) is a 501 (c) (3) humanitarian national and international organization whose mission is to build strong communities by providing African women and children with access to literacy and health education, civic participation and entrepreneurship programs, that create a better future for themselves and their families in Africa; particularly in Democratic Republic of Congo where the problems is severe, with the aim of alleviating the suffering of women and children in the East Part of  DRC

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41 million people now at imminent risk of famine without urgent funding and immediate humanitarian access- WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that famine – already present in four countries – could become a reality for millions of people around the world, without urgent funding to stave off a catastrophe, and without access to families cut-off by conflict.

“I am heartbroken at what we’re facing in 2021. We now have four countries where famine-like conditions are present,” said WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley addressing WFP’s Executive Board on 21 June.

“Meanwhile 41 million people are literally knocking on famine’s door. If you look at the numbers, it’s just tragic – these are real people with real names. I am extremely concerned,” he warned.

Recent assessments show that tragically, 584,000 are already experiencing famine-like conditions (IPC phase 5/Catastrophe) in Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan and Yemen. Nigeria and Burkina Faso are also of particular concern because they have in recent months had pockets of people in IPC phase 5.

Nigeria and Burkina Faso are also of particular concern because they have in recent months had pockets of people in IPC phase 5

“In Somalia in 2011, 260,000 people died of hunger – and by the time the famine was actually declared – half of that number had already died. We can’t debate the numbers to death when people need our help now,” Beasley warned.

Recent WFP analyses show that 41 million people are teetering on the very edge of famine (IPC phase 4/Emergency) in 43 countries, and the slightest shock will push them over the precipice. This number has risen from 27 million in 2019.

Conflict, climate change and economic shocks have been driving the rises in hunger, but pressures on food security are being compounded by soaring prices for basic foods this year. Global maize prices have soared almost 90% year-on-year, while wheat prices are up almost 30% over the same period.

In many countries, currency depreciation is adding to these pressures and driving prices even higher. This in turn is stoking food insecurity in countries such as Lebanon, Nigeria, Sudan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

This year, WFP is undertaking the biggest operation in its history – targeting 139 million people this year. With sufficient funding and access, WFP has the expertise to provide all those who risk famine in 2021 with life-saving food and nutritional assistance.

“I want to emphasize just how bad it is out there. Today, 41 million people are literally knocking on famine’s door. The price tag to reach them is about US$6 billion. We need funding and we need it now,” Beasley warned.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: African Development Bank Group appoints Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development

he African Development Bank Group (AfDB.org) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 1st July 2021.

Dr. Dunford, a national of the United States of America, brings extensive experience to this role. She has held senior level leadership positions in the US government, where she managed large and complex programs, working with the private sector, civil society, and multilateral and bilateral institutions, as well as with African governments, to deliver agricultural, social and human development impact at scale.

I am excited to join the African Development Bank Group and be part of the senior management team

Prior to her appointment, Dunford worked as the Assistant to the Administrator in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, as well as the Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. In this dual role, she coordinated Feed the Future across multiple U.S. government agencies, oversaw a $1 billion annual budget and leveraged millions of direct private sector investment annually. In this capacity, she also coordinated a $2.3 billion Feed the Future presidential initiative across 11 U.S. government agencies and forged partnerships within the private sector and civil society targeted at reducing hunger and poverty. She also led USAID’s technical and regional expertise focused on improving agriculture-led growth, resilience, nutrition and water security, sanitation and hygiene.

A career member of the senior foreign service at USAID, Dunford previously served as Director of USAID’s Mission in Nepal, leading the U.S. government’s health, education, agriculture and environment programs as well as its contribution to Nepal’s massive earthquake recovery and reconstruction effort. She also worked in Afghanistan as Agriculture and Alternative Livelihoods Program Director, USAID/Afghanistan, where she directed agriculture, resilience and emergency food assistance programs.

Dunford has also served in Ethiopia as Director, Office of Assets and Livelihoods, USAID/Ethiopia, where she led government officials, scholars, donors and NGOs, to craft the program, now a model used worldwide to map how emergency and development operations can collaborate to build communities’ resilience to recurrent crises.Dunford also held a number of roles in Washington, including Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in the Bureau for Food Security and Senior Development Advisor to the Secretary of State’s Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dr. Dunford also worked as Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Chief Operating Officer and as Regional Development Advisor, East Africa, USAID/Washington.

Commenting on her appointment, Dunford said: “I am excited to join the African Development Bank Group and be part of the senior management team. I am passionate about the Bank’s development agenda that has attracted global attention as bold and innovative for accelerating Africa’s development. I am honored to be part of the team to further achieve social and economic transformation on the continent”.

President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina said, “I am delighted to appoint Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President to lead the Bank’s work on Agriculture, Human and Social Development. Beth is a strategic and effective leader with deep knowledge and impressive track record in designing and delivering highly impactful large-scale programs that have helped in lifting 27 million people out of poverty in 36 countries. With over 20 years experience working and delivering programs globally with a focus in Africa, she brings hands-on leadership and drive that will further accelerate our work to deliver greater development impacts”.

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