Food Security: AfDB President to lead delegation to 33rd AU Summit


From: Bamidele Fashube, ABUJA

AKINWUMI Adesina, President of the African Development Bank is to attend the African Union’s 33rd Assembly of Heads of State and Government scheduled to hold in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Capital.

The summit runs from 8-10 February 2020 under the theme: Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.

Among other issues, concerns over stunting and food security would be among the major agendas.

The former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria would so engage in a presidential dinner to address issues of malnutrition.

Aside other engagements which include presentation of the 2020 African Economic Outlook, he would as well participate in bilateral meetings with heads of state and high-level discussions around the continental report on the implementation of Agenda 2063.

“Following the recent launch of the 2020 African Economic Outlook, the Bank’s Director of Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research Hanan Morsy will present the findings of the institution’s flagship report to the African Union. Representatives of the AU Commission, government officials, and policymakers will be in attendance.

“The African Leadership for Nutrition (ALN), another strategic partnership involving the African Development Bank, the AU Commission, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other partners, will be an important focus of the trip.

An ALN high-level dinner, with participation from 7 heads of states, will be held on 8 February, to consolidate gains made in securing high-level political engagement on nutrition, and to reflect on progress made to date in tackling malnutrition and stunting,” the bank stated in a released signed by Oufemi Terry, Communications and External Relations of the Bank.


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