FEED AFRICA

Food security tops agenda as Ruto heads to Senegal

The summit aims to unlock Africa’s food-producing potential and make it the world's breadbasket

In Summary
  • The three-day summit on food production in the continent is hosted by the nation in partnership with the African development Bank.
  • The summit is a follow-up of the 2015 inaugural meet where an agricultural transformation strategy for 2015-2025 was developed.
France President Emmanuel Macron and President William Ruto at Elysee Palace in Paris on January 24.
France President Emmanuel Macron and President William Ruto at Elysee Palace in Paris on January 24.
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More than 20 heads of state and government officials from Africa are converging in Dakar, Senegal for a food summit.

The three-day summit on food production in the continent is hosted by the nation in partnership with the African Development Bank.

It aims at mapping plans to unlock Africa’s food-producing potential and make it the world's breadbasket.

President William Ruto is among the leaders attending the high-level Dakar II meeting dubbed Feed Africa.

It is themed Food Sovereignty and Resilience.

The summit is being hosted President Macky Sall who doubles up as the chairperson of the Africa Union.

It is a follow-up of the 2015 inaugural meet where an agricultural transformation strategy for 2015-2025 was developed.

According to ADB, Africa is a home to a third of the world's 850 million people living with hunger.

Ruto is expected to give his address on food security and harnessing Africa’s agricultural potential for economic transformation during the summit.

He left the country on Monday and is expected in Senegal on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the President held talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

In a statement, Ruto said Kenya and France have agreed to enhance their cooperation in developmental projects.

He added that the two countries have further undertaken to diversify and harness existing business opportunities between them.

"This has manifested through sustained cooperation in areas of trade, energy, health, water, infrastructure and agriculture," Ruto said.

The President said they will further cooperate in peace and security of the East African region.

 

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