Rising global food insecurity calls for new investments in climate-smart, nature-based agricultural solutions.
Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced that Canada has contributed $100 million to the African Development Bank (AfDB) to support the growth of small and medium-sized agri-food enterprises (agri-SMEs).
Minister Sajjan emphasized the importance of investing in green agribusinesses, particularly those run by or benefitting women on the African continent. Agri-SMEs produce, process and transport 70% to 90% of the continent’s food, meaning they are major job creators and are key to strengthening African food security, and ensuring that we can support African driven inclusive and green growth.
The funding announced today is provided through the Government of Canada’s International Assistance Innovation Program, which helps accelerate private sector development that contributes to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.