African countries import $50bn worth of food annually – AfDB

African countries import nearly 50 billion dollars net of food annually, according to the African Development Bank.

A statement by AfDB’s Communication and External Relations Department said the bank’s Vice President for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development, Jennifer Blanke, disclosed this at a panel discussion at the 7th Tokyo International Conference in Japan.

The conference, which had the theme ‘Advancing Africa’s Development through People, Technology, and Innovation’, held from August 28 to August 30 in Tokyo, Japan.

Blanke explained that it was unfortunate that the continent was still importing food, even though it is holding 60 per cent of the world’s arable lands.

African governments could win the fight against stunting and improve nutrition across the continent by investing in food production, she added. Continue reading…

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