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Food Security: AfDB partners with BUK centre on climate adaption, entrepreneurship

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has partnered with the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA) at the Bayero University Kano on climate adaptation and entrepreneurship to…

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has partnered with the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA) at the Bayero University Kano on climate adaptation and entrepreneurship to tackle food security challenges in Nigeria.

Dr Beth Dunford, the Vice President of Agriculture, Human, and Social Development at AfDB, announced the partnership during a working visit to the centre on Wednesday.

She commended the centre for its successful track record in securing grants and awards and for its educational contributions.

Dr Dunford emphasised the need to transform agriculture through advanced science and technology to ensure food security, citing initiatives such as developing improved crop varieties and conducting soil testing to support farmers in planting suitable crops.

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She mentioned a recent intervention in 2023 under the National Agriculture Growth Scheme, supported by AfDB, aimed at introducing heat-tolerant wheat varieties.

This initiative, she said, was expected to enable farmers to plant climate-adaptive wheat varieties across 150,000 hectares, leading to increased yields and improved livelihoods, innovation, entrepreneurship, and food production.

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