The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted food security across Africa, exasperating pre-existing impacts of climate change, rising fragility and conflict, and adverse events, such as locust invasions in East and Southern Africa. Africa must urgently strengthen its food systems as an integral part of efforts to recover from the pandemic and build resilience.
This high-level dialogue will identify ways to expand activities, financing and partnerships to further leverage technology and innovation for transformation of agriculture in Africa. Outcomes will be shared with the Food Systems pre-Summit in Rome in July and at the Food Systems Summit in October 2021.
This meeting is co-hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and CGIAR.
Global Center on Adaptation CEO Prof. Patrick Verkooijen participated in the High-Level Dialogue on Feeding Africa. In his remarks, Prof. Verkooijen highlighted the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme, led by AfDB and GCA. This $25 billion program is the largest adaptation program on the African continent to date, aimed at upscaling and accelerating climate adaptation across the continent.