The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a new project aimed at transforming Africa’s agriculture, a researcher said on Monday.
Kenton Dashell, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Deputy Director General for Partnerships for Delivery, said the project will ensure that Africa feed itself through agricultural productivity.
“Africa is only capable of seeing real transformation in agriculture through the engagement of governments, the private sector and major investors,” Dashell said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
Dashell said technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project will be led by IITA in turning Africa into a net food exporter and setting Africa in step with global commodity and agricultural value chains.
The project that is due to commence next year will prioritize in eliminating extreme poverty, ending hunger and malnutrition and achieving food sufficiency.
“We intend to adopt modernization and commercialization of agriculture to help us transform African agriculture,” Dashell noted.
He said that the project will work around rice sufficiency, cassava intensification, Sahelian food security, savannas as breadbaskets, restoring tree plantations, expanding horticulture, increasing wheat production and expanding fish farming value chains.
The initiative will implement 655 actions that should result in almost 513 million tonnes of additional food production and lift nearly 250 million Africans out of poverty by 2025. Enditem