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AfDB, US Partner To Boost Food Production

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United State are partnering on the State Department’s Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils (VACS) activities to develop an investment strategy in food production.

In a statement, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and Bank President, Akinwunmi Adesina, highlighted Africa’s efforts to feed itself and the world; while welcoming increased support and investments in African Initiatives.

The statement also noted that United States Secretary of State commended the AfDB Group over the exceptional efforts it was undertaking to help Africa feed itself and the world.

Blinken, who was speaking during a visit hosted by Adesina in Abidjan said “Extraordinary work is being done to get to a place where Africa feeds itself and a place where Africa feeds the world. I’m convinced that can happen.”

In his remarks, 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.

“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.”

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