The African Development Bank has hosted a group of experts to discuss how technology can be deployed to transform food systems in West Africa.
The Bank co-hosted the workshop with the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the African Green Revolution Alliance, the World Economic Forum and Rabobank for the Food Systems Action Platform (FSAP) for West Africa at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
More than 70 representatives from multi-lateral organisations attended the two-day session, along with delegates from food companies, African governments, including Togo and Ghana, research institutes, commodity exchanges, processor and producer organisations, and financial institutions.
“Africa is lagging behind in terms of food value chains,” said Jennifer Blanke, Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development.
“Never in the history of the world has there been more technologies, more know-how and other tools at our fingertips.
The event brought the FSAP partner organisations to create a collective base of value chain initiatives, and identify existing turnkey projects and innovative solutions to achieve the platform’s objectives.
“The stakeholders came together to see what they can do as a team and what are the actions that we need to prioritise in terms of bringing the food systems approach forward,” said Atsuko Toda,” Bank Director for Agricultural Finance and Rural Development.