‘More people likely to die of hunger than Covid-19 in Africa’ – AfDB President, Adesina

President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has conveyed fears that hunger and food insecurity may kill more Africans than Covid-19.

This was made known by the AfDB President at the Leaders’ Dialogue on ‘Africa Covid-Climate Emergency‘ event, organised by the Bank and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA).

According to Adesina, “I think that the risks are probably much higher for many in Africa to die from hunger than Covid-19 pandemic. So, we must boost access to food and good nutrition because vaccines are important but only nutrition can sustain.”.

It is important to improve food security in rural and urban communities, particularly with the coronavirus outbreak. He added that medicines and vaccines cannot work without food.

The AFDB president said the AfDB is committed to combating the impact of climate change through the Africa Adaptation Acceleration .

“Our ambition is bold: to galvanise climate resilience actions; support countries as they accelerate and scale up climate adaptation and resilience; and mobilize financing at scale for climate adaptation in Africa”, he stated.

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