AfDB Chief, Akinwumi Adesina, to speak on Africa's agric. potentials

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - For two days, 28 to 30 August, 2018, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver a Public Lecture on strategies for unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential at the Headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy.

Members of the UN Rome community, including the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Programme, African Ambassadors, FAO and Permanent Representatives to UN Rome-based agencies, among others, will attend the lecture.

On the same day, Adesina will sign a supplementary agreement with the Director-General of the FAO, José Graziano da Silva, to drive collaborative efforts towards catalysing investments in Africa’s agriculture industries.

According to the AfDB media channel, the AfDB President will continue to The Hague, Netherlands, where he will hold meetings with Dutch Government officials, civil society and private sector leaders to shed light on the work of the Bank in boosting Africa’s transformation.

On 30 August, 2018, Adesina will be at the Wageningen University and Research, Gelderland, Netherlands, to deliver the opening speech at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Conference on zero hunger (SDG 2) and partnerships (SDG 17), under the theme ‘Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact’.

He will subsequently join a high-level panel session to discuss the theme, together with Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever and Etharin Cousin, distinguished lecturer at Stanford University, USA, and former Executive Director of the World Food Programme.

The meetings and public engagements of the AfDB President in Italy and Netherlands will showcase Africa’s agriculture investment opportunities and galvanize additional support for the Bank’s initiatives and programs including its Feed Africa Strategy aimed at accelerating agricultural development on the continent, with planned investment in excess of US$ 24 billion over the next 10 years.
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20 août 2018 13:58:46




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