The African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, reminded students of the important role they have to play in the continent’s economic development, as he was conferred with an honorary doctorate. According to a statement, the Doctorate of Science was awarded by the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria, in honour of Adesina’s work in agriculture and food security across the continent. Lauding the choice of Adesina as the institution’s 2020 awardee, the Chancellor, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu, described him as a global household name whose exploits in promoting value chain addition in agricultural produce have remained unparalleled. In his acceptance speech, Adesina commended the Nigerian government’s efforts to promote agriculture and agribusiness in Nigeria. “Agriculture is the most important profession and business in the world,” Adesina said. The Bank head pledged to continue the work of transforming Nigeria’s agriculture sector. “The size of food and agriculture in Africa will rise to $1 trillion by 2030. The population of Africa, now at 1.2 billion, will double to 2.5 billion by 2050. They all must eat. And only through food and agribusiness can this be achieved,” he added. Adesina said the African Development Bank was spearheading efforts to feed Africa and was investing $25 billion over a ten-year period to transform the continent’s agriculture sector. What Africa does with food will determine the future of food, given that 65 per cent of the arable land left to feed the world is here, Adesina said. This Day
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