African Development Bank to increase support to enhance food security in Sub-Saharan AfricaApril 3, 2012 at 9:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is substantially increasing funding support for CGIAR programs in Africa. A five-year AfDB-funded project was announced earlier this month: Support to agricultural research for the development of strategic crops, targeting four strategic crops – cassava, maize, rice and wheat – in 22 African countries. It will be implemented jointly by four CGIAR Centers: IITA (the executing agency), ICARDA, AfricaRice and IFPRI. ICARDA will lead the wheat component, with research platforms in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Sudan, and additional research sites in eight other countries.
Dr Donald Kaberuka, AfDB President, met with an ICARDA delegation at the AfDB headquarters in Tunis on 19 March. He said AfDB and ICARDA shared the same goals, and would continue to work together. The ICARDA delegation (Drs Solh, Shideed and El Mourid) also met with the AfDB team (Drs Ken Johm, Dougou Keita and Jonas Chianu from the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Division) who led the development of the Strategic crops project. Dr Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA Director General, presented a summary of ICARDA’s work in dry areas, with a focus on Africa. The meeting highlighted the potential for scaling out improved technologies through development projects, such as a planned AfDB project for the Horn of Africa.