The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has said Africa’s food systems are failing to deliver diets that are healthy, affordable, secure, and safe for its vast population.
Speaking in a statement published on the bank’s website on Tuesday, Adesina said hunger has become a way of life in many African countries, noting that about 250 million men, women, and children across the continent go on an empty stomach from dawn to dusk.
He said, “Africa’s food systems are failing to deliver diets that are healthy and affordable. For many in Africa, persistent food shortages mean that they struggle to put food on the table — hunger has become a way of life.
“For too long, African countries have failed to make the investments necessary to provide sustainable, healthy diets for their citizens.
“We cannot go on in this way. Better nutrition in African countries is the foundation to advance health and well-being, educational attainment, prosperity, and equity. It is time to deliver food security at scale and nourish Africa once and for all.”
Also, Adesina underscored the need to invest in sustainable and wholesome diets to ensure the advancement of the health and well-being of Africans.
“We will not succeed unless we all play our part. Since the start of my first term as President of the African Development Bank Group in 2015, Feed Africa has been one of the bank’s ‘High five strategic priorities.
“Over the past six years, almost 76 million people have benefited from agricultural technologies for food security through our Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation programme.
“Furthermore, Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ), which are promoted by the African Development Bank in partnership with other institutions, provide world-class infrastructure to develop competitive value chains and transform rural areas into zones of prosperity,” he added.