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AfDB, Akinwumi Adesina, others seek US intervention to end hunger

The African Development Bank Group has called on President Joe Biden of the United States to intervene through appropriate policy measures to end global hunger.

AfDB President and winner of the 2017 World Food Prize, Akinwumi Adesina, joined other World Food Prize laureates in urging the US to support the work against hunger across the world.

The World Food Prize was created by Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Norman Borlaug, in 1986 to recognise scientists and others who had improved the quality and availability of food.

The $250,000 prize is awarded annually by the Des Moines, Iowa-based World Food Prize Foundation, which gets support from more than 80 companies, foundations and individuals.

Adesina said, “For millions of poor people around the world, the risk of dying from hunger is greater than dying from COVID-19. Without food, medicines don’t work.

“Food and nutrition are the vaccines against hunger. Let’s vaccinate the world against hunger.”

In a letter to the US President, a group of 24 scientists, economists, researchers and other past winners of the World Food Prize, including Adesina, described America’s role in tackling the scourge of global hunger as foundational.

They urged Biden to re-establish America’s global leadership to end hunger, play a leadership role in the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit and other global initiatives.

They also urged Biden to refresh US evidenced-based policy and investment to achieve the goal of ending hunger and expand the highly successful USAID Feed the Future Initiative and Innovation Laboratories to reach more countries.

“As the world staggers out of COVID and into the light of 2021, we seek to illuminate our collective path towards 2030. We urge the Biden-Harris administration to focus on the promise to Build Back Better in transforming our food systems,” they stated in the letter.

The noted that the United States leadership in ending global hunger was imperative and must be backed by bold actions and the personal commitment of Biden for the US to engage on major global initiatives.

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