H.R.H. Princess Abze highlighted the importance of Energy to boost African Agriculture during the 2017 annual meeting of the African Development Bank in Ahmedabad
Click on the picture above to watch the contribution of H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, starting from 23.23.
“Transforming Agriculture for Wealth Creation in Africa.” Was the key theme of the 2017 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Ahmedabad India.
Agriculture is an important economic sector in Africa. Africa spends about US $35 billion per year on food imports and this figure could rise to US $110 billion by 2025.
The potential of the agricultural sector in Africa and the need to bridge the gap on food supply is itself a compelling business case for private sector investment. With over 65% of the world’s remaining arable land, a youthful population – with 420 million people between the ages of 15 and 35 years – and a favourable climate, Africa has the potential to become a global agriculture powerhouse and the setting of the next Green Revolution. Nigeria, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal and Burkina Faso provide valuable examples of successful agriculture transformation.
Over 3,500 top government officials, business leaders, representatives of NGOs, civil society, as well as members of the academic community and the media participated in the Annual Meetings, which were preceded by high-level meetings, symposiums and seminars on the Bank’s High 5 priorities – Light up and power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. For an overview of the highlights see the conference video.