On Thursday, 17th September, 2020, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina launched the World Hunger Fighters Foundation (WHFF) Hunger-Fighters Dialogues, themed Conversations with Game-Changers. A headline series of events of the Foundation’s Borlaug-Adesina Fellowship, the Hunger-Fighters Dialogues features in-depth interviews, hosted by Borlaug-Adesina Fellows, with renowned contributors to Africa’s food security who the Fellows specifically select for their unique and inspiring journey.
WHFF Patron, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, in his inspiring welcome address emphasized that “Feeding Africa must start with getting agriculture right: raising agricultural productivity, lowering the cost of food, improving nutritional content of food and improving access to quality and nutritious food.” Staying consistent in his belief in the power of Africa’s youth, he further acknowledged that “the youth must get into agriculture, as leaders, innovators, and game changers.”
Nearly 100 participants from across Africa joined this exclusive event to learn from the titan in African agriculture who went on to share perspectives on the role small and medium sized farming businesses play in ensuring Africa’s inclusive growth ; “For agricultural transformation to create shared wealth and prosperity, as well as decent jobs and wages for millions, we must have much more supportive policies for small and medium sized farmers and businesses…Over-concentration on large commercial farms and agribusinesses squeeze out space for small and medium sized farms and businesses’’.
The inaugural event was headlined by Mrs. Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder and Managing Director of Sahel Consulting, AACE Foods and Nourishing Africa, and a leading agripreneur, investor, and youth advocate in Africa. For over thirty minutes, questions were posed to her by Victor Mugo, 2020 Borlaug-Adesina Fellow from Kenya who is passionate about agriculture and nutrition. “57% of African households cannot afford a healthy, nutritious diet. We must change this by making nutritious foods more affordable and accessible for all” Ms. Nwuneli stated.
The Hunger-Fighters Dialogues will play a critical role to help realize the Foundation’s vision to develop a new generation of young food and agribusiness entrepreneurs who will promote agriculture as a business and a viable sector able to create wealth for the continent’s smallholder farmers.
The next edition in the series will hold on Thursday, 24th September 2020. Register at www.worldhungerfighters.org. All sessions will be available to watch on the website.
Read Dr. Adesina’s full speech here.