twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

AfDB unveils strategy roadmap to safeguard food security against COVID-19 impacts

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has unveiled a strategic roadmap of projects and programmes to assist African countries in tackling the nutrition and food security aspects of the COVID-19 crisis through a raft of immediate and longer-term measures

covid food securityAfDB will establish food security task forces in countries. (Image source: Rod Waddington/Flickr)

The Feed Africa Response to COVID-19 (FAREC) paves the way for a comprehensive intervention to build resilience, sustainability and regional self-sufficiency in Africa’s food systems and help farmers cope with coronavirus-related disruptions to the agricultural value chain.

“The Bank’s response to support the agriculture sector lays out specific measures aimed at addressing challenges faced by African countries across all aspects of the agriculture sector. Africa cannot afford a food crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr Jennifer Blanke, the Bank’s vice-president for Agriculture, Human and Social Development.

A report released alongside the roadmap recommends immediate, short- and medium-term solutions for the agriculture sector including; support of food delivery for the most vulnerable; stabilisation of food prices; optimisation of food processing; extension support services and provision of major agricultural inputs through smart subsidies.

According to the report, the Bank will prioritise policy support to enhance movement of inputs and food, to establish food security task forces in countries, and to strengthen the capacity of regional organisations to monitor multi-country initiatives. 

FAREC forms one part of the Bank’s COVID-19 Response Facility (CRF) of up to US$10bn. The CRF is the Bank’s primary channel to deploy financial and technical measures to cushion African economies and livelihoods against the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic.

In May, the Bank’s African Development Institute, its focal point for capacity development, hosted a seminar that examined the pandemic’s impacts on Africa’s agri-food systems and offered  policy recommendations to make them more resilient and efficient.

“Ensuring food security for Africans in all situations is at the core of the Bank’s Feed Africa Strategy. Our institution will coordinate its efforts with different stakeholders across the continent to effectively answer the needs of regional member countries,” said Dr Martin Fregene, director of the Bank’s Agriculture and Agro-industry Department.

 


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

Nature-based solutions help farmers in Ghana

Nature-based solutions help farmers in G…

Organic pesticides, waste-based fertilisers and forest regeneration are just a few of the green initiatives being employed in Ghana to boost farming communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate...

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Saharan Africa

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Sa…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to fast track an impact-oriented project in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America for digital soil nutrient mapping, after...

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double rice production to curb food insecurity

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double…

President Adama Barrow has received a delegation led by the Korean Ambassador to The Gambia, HE Kim Ji-Joon, at the State House in Banjul to announce the delivery of sample rice...

World Sustainability Organization chooses Zambia as the first African Sustainability Hub

World Sustainability Organization choose…

The World Sustainability Organization and Foundation (WSO&F) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambian Government, to make Zambia the African Sustainability Hub 

Rallying call to improve African and global cotton production

Rallying call to improve African and glo…

As the business of cotton production continues to attract global attention, there are concerns about how sustainable the practice of growing, harvesting, and production will be, especially for lower income...

Research and farming institution from Zimbabwe wins FAO Award

Research and farming institution from Zi…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) honoured three research and farming institutions, one of which was from Zimbabwe

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

Nigerian farmers enrol in growth support scheme

Nigerian farmers enrol in growth support…

Around 57,000 farmers in Ebonyi, Nigeria have benefitted from the government’s Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) which was rolled out this year

EAGC launches market information system

EAGC launches market information system

The Eastern African Grain Council (EAGC) has launched a market information system that provides wholesale prices for staple food commodities in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda

Workshop held to reduce wastage of perishable agricultural produce

Workshop held to reduce wastage of peris…

The development of a Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone (SAPZ) in Mauritius is the focus of a two-day technical workshop which is being held on on 16 and 17 February 2022

UK’s Agrimetrics launches data marketplace for agri-food

UK’s Agrimetrics launches data marketpla…

Agrimetrics, the UK’s agri-tech centre for innovations in data science, has launched the Agri-Food Data Marketplace, a move that aims to enable data-owners to safely share and monetise data, while...

Mauritius Government committed to promote local production

Mauritius Government committed to promot…

The Attorney General, minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Maneesh Gobin has said that the Mauritius Government still encourages local food production through natural means

‘Global hunger continues to rise’

‘Global hunger continues to rise’

For the third year in a row, there has been a rise in world hunger, with the absolute number of undernourished people being increased to about 821mn in 2017 from...

Musika Zambia receives US$7mn Swedish boost

Musika Zambia receives US$7mn Swedish bo…

Musika Zambia Limited, a non-profit company, has been launched in Lusaka with a two-year financing of US$7mn from the Swedish Embassy

African food demand to rise 60 per cent by 2030

African food demand to rise 60 per cent …

Demand for food in sub-Saharan Africa will rise by 60 per cent by 2030, according to the World Bank

FAO and NEPAD to boost youth employment in Africa

FAO and NEPAD to boost youth employment …

FAO and New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) have launched a US$4mn project that aims to create employment opportunities through sustainable agriculture and agribusiness for African youth

New Holland Agriculture wins three medals at 2001 SIMA Innovation and Edison Awards

New Holland Agriculture wins three medal…

New Holland Agriculture’s innovation in combine harvesting has been recognised with silver and a bronze medal at the SIMA Innovation awards

Mali farmers receive training on decreasing pesticide use

Mali farmers receive training on decreas…

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) announced that schools in Mali have been training cotton farmers on the use of natural substances in order to reduce the use of...

ICRAF, FAO team up to provide cross-sectoral approaches to implement national development goals

ICRAF, FAO team up to provide cross-sect…

In a newly released paper, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) have undertaken a review of broad institutional and stakeholder...

Prev Next