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ADB, NES To Hold International Conference On Agricultural Value Chain



All is now set for the commencement of an international conference agriculture development in Nigeria, which is slated to hold from 25 to 27 of September, 2018 is jointly organised by the African Development Institute (ECAD) of the African Development Bank in collaboration with Nigerian Economic Society (NES).

In line with the theme of the conference, plenary discussions will focus on topics such as Financial and Institutional Structure and the Growth of the Agricultural Sector, Macroeconomic Policies and the Growth of the Agricultural Sector, and Optimizing Value Chain(s) in Agriculture: Governance Structure and Linkages.

The President, Nigerian Economic Society, Prof. Tamunopriye Jones Agiobenebo made this known in a press conference yesterday at the NICON Luxury Hotel in Abuja.

He said plenary discussions will focus on topics such as “Financial and Institutional Structure, the Growth of the Agricultural Sector”, “Macroeconomic Policies, Optimizing Value Chain(s) in  and  Governance Structure and Linkages”.

“The conference supports the Bank’s “Feed Africa” initiative, an agricultural investment plan to help Africa achieve food self-sufficiency by 2025. Working with governments, development partners and the private sector, the Bank will invest $24 billion to boost agriculture, food and nutrition in Africa over the next 10 years.

The “Feed Africa” strategy is one of the Bank’s High 5 priority goals to “Industrialize Africa,” “Integrate Africa,” “Light up and power Africa,” and “Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.”

Agiobenebo said the conference would address issues of governance structures, policy, institutional constraints, demand and supply, technology and the agricultural value chain.

“This conference will attract participants from academia, development agencies, international non-governmental organizations as well as the Bank. Dignitaries and key speakers expected at the conference include agricultural economists, policy makers, senior Nigerian cabinet ministers, and government officials.

His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will open the conference, while Dr. Celestin Monga, Vice-President, Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, African Development Bank will deliver the welcome address.