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OUR STARS FOR YEAR 2018: DR. AKINWUMI ADESINA — ‘’TOGETHER LET’S ARISE & FEED AFRICA’’ – PART 2

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REJUVENATING AFRICA’S AGRICULTURE SUB-SECTOR – PART 2 — ‘’TOGETHER LET’S ARISE & FEED AFRICA’’   ‘’Africa spends $35 billion a year importing food and this is projected to rise to $110 billion by 2020, if the current trend continues. ‘’Yet Africa has 65% of the arable land left to feed the world by 2050. ‘’This is totally unacceptable. ‘’The future of food in the world will depend on what Africa does with agriculture. ‘’Therefore, we must change our view on agriculture. ”Agriculture is not a development activity or a social sector. ‘’Agriculture is a business. ‘We must not use agriculture to manage poverty.’’ – Akinwumi Adesina  In our last post, we featured international star, DR. AKINWUMI ADESINA, President, African Development Bank, whose giant strides and commitment to the development of Agriculture have obtruded themselves. We sincerely noted that given our findings in our research into the Agriculture sub-sector of our national life, there is an urgent need for huge sensitization of the citizenry. And it seems very imperative for the three tiers of government need to go through policy papers in order to galvanize the nation into showing more interest in agriculture. NO AWARD/MEDAL/DECORATION: We never planned to devote two days to only one personality; but given the importance of what we gathered during our research into Agriculture, our patriotic instincts and social responsibility were challenged. We state, with the greatest sense of responsibility and humility that NOBODY has paid us for this service of public enlightenment that is in public and national interest; neither have we requested for payment from anybody. We have NOT also done this to give any of the personalities any award. We are conducting this exercise to invite attention to what could be done to BUILD A GREATER NIGERIA. That is the pure motive.  FINDINGS – REMOVE BOTTLENECKS: We make this request for the removal of bottlenecks, given our knowledge of the constraints of governments in the developing world. It is very possible that some patriots are building or suggesting the best ways to build; and at the same time some others are elsewhere, planning how to frustrate such efforts. We note that it is very possible for bureaucratic bottlenecks to frustrate good intentions in the process of a professional attempting to give his or her best. It is possible for someone to sit somewhere and decide to thwart efforts of a hardworking appointee on flimsy grounds due…

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