The President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina has called on agricultural torchbearers in Africa to effect action plans that can help rid the continent of malnutrition.
According to the AFDB website, Adesina who spoke at the bank’s ongoing Annual General Meeting in Busan, South Korea, while opening a session for “African leadership in agriculture,” noted that malnutrition could impede on the growth of Africa’s economy in the years ahead.
The president added: “If you have stunted kids today because of poor nutrition, you will have a stunted economy tomorrow.”
Adesina further counseled the captains of agriculture on the tenets of true agricultural leadership required in stimulating development in the continent.
“You cannot say you have leadership in agriculture when you have 65 per cent of all the arable land to feed 9 billion people in the world and you are sitting on it. That is not leadership.
“What we have to do is to use that leadership to unlock massive amounts of wealth for the people. That is the first part of leadership,” he added.
Speaking on the need for transformation, Adesina stressed that Africa’s agricultural transformation trusts on farmers’ access to agricultural technologies, which is fundamental to improving their productivity and output.
He emphasized that conscious efforts must be made to drive Africa to the global stage by exploring available options within its reach to accomplish its objectives.