15 Things You Need To Know About The New AfDB President

Written by Dana Sanchez
Akinwumi Adesina Photo: Linkedin
Akinwumi Adesina
Photo: Linkedin

He’s all about value addition to crops

Adesina said he wants to add value to “every single thing,” and he wants to start with cassava.

Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava — 40 million metric tonnes per year — “but I want us to become the largest processor of cassava as well,” Adesina said in an interview in ThisIsAfrica. “We can focus on using cassava for starch, dry cassava chips for export to China, cassava flour to replace some of the wheat flour that we are importing. So we are restructuring the space for the private sector to add value to every single thing.”

Nigeria’s goal, he said, is to become an agriculturally industrialized economy.