Africa 26.9.2018 03:33 pm

African Development Bank launches $24bn agriculture investment to end hunger for 1bn people

Simple technical and scientific methods are already making a difference to farm yields and income in Africa, the bank’s president says.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) today announced it is investing US$24 billion in African agriculture over the next 10 years, and called on global partners to join hands to lift one billion people worldwide out of hunger.

African Development Bank launches $24bn agriculture investment to end hunger for 1bn people
African Development Bank launches $24bn agriculture investment to end hunger for 1bn people

African Development Bank launches $24bn agriculture investment to end hunger for 1bn people

Simple technical and scientific methods are already making a difference to farm yields and income in Africa, the bank’s president says.

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