AfDB: Nigeria, others spend $35b yearly on food imports

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Workers unload bags of rice on January 19, 2011 at the Port of Abidjan where 80% of Ivory Coast's exports transit. EU-registered ships have been barred from dealing with Ivory Coast's main cocoa ports in line with sanctions over the nation's controversial November presidential poll. The European Union last weekend slapped sanctions on outcast incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and 84 of his associates, as well as 11 economic entities in the world's top cocoa producer. AFP PHOTO/ ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

The President, African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has lamented that Nigeria and other African countries spend $35 billion yearly on food importation.

Adesina said in his Norman Borlaug Lecture delivered at Iowa State University, titled: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, yesterday in Des Monies, Iowa in the United States.

According to him, it is unacceptable by his estimates warning that “if the current trend continues, Africa is estimated to spend $110 billion by 2030 on food imports”.

He therefore called for land tax for unused agricultural land, to provide incentives for faster commercialisation of agriculture and unlocking its potential in Africa.

Adesina said Africa held the key for feeding nine billion people by 2050, adding that more than ever before, the world must help Africa to rapidly modernise its agriculture and unlock its full potential.

According to him, the challenge of addressing global food security is the greatest in Africa.

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