AfDB’s President Commends US Support for Agricultural Initiatives
African Development Bank Group President, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, has applauded the United States of America for its support to the Bank Group’s key agricultural initiatives, especially the new grant of $9.5 million to support the Bank’s Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation initiative, or TAAT.
The grant, which is a part of the larger US Government “Feed the Future” global hunger initiative, will be used for the second phase of the Bank programme called TAAT II, to help African countries increase food production, introduce climate-smart technologies, and expand extension services.
Adesina gave the commendation during a visit hosted by the bank in Abidjan for the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Welcoming Secretary Blinken, President Adesina said, “This is the first time that a US Secretary of State would visit the African Development Bank and its work. Secretary Blinken’s visit is historic and provides great momentum for our work to feed Africa.
“I applaud Secretary Blinken’s strong leadership and commitment to food security and look forward to working closely with him and the US government to advance our joint efforts to support Africa to feed itself and help feed the world.”
Dr. Adesina added: “I applaud the work President Biden is doing for global food security. I’m delighted with the partnership we have with the US Government to help us move forward on food security in Africa.”
To date TAAT has deployed climate-resilient agricultural technologies and fertilizers to 13 million African farmers in 40 African countries to help boost the continent’s food production and food security. The USAID grant will help expand the reach of TAAT II further.
The United States will work with the African Development Bank to identify opportunities to partner with the US State Department’s Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils (VACS) activities and develop an investment strategy.