15 Things You Need To Know About The New AfDB President

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Written by Dana Sanchez
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at the Ahentia Health Centre, Ghana, 2013 Getty
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at the Ahentia Health Centre, Ghana, 2013
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Adesina has strong U.S. ties

Until his appointment as Nigeria’s agriculture minister in 2010, Adesina worked for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) as vice president of policy and partnerships. AGRA was founded in 2006 and is funded by Bill Gates of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

AGRA’s goals include doubling the income of 20 million African smallholder farmers, reducing food insecurity by 50 percent in 20 countries and ensuring that at least 15 countries are on a path toward sustainable agriculture.

AGRA has its critics, who say it lacks local solutions for local problems, isn’t focused on structural issues facing female farmers and the biggie — it funds research on genetically modified seeds involving Monsanto. A large U.S. agri-business firm, Monsanto is one of the world’s top producers of genetically modified seed.

Critics say AGRA will force farmers to buy seeds from large corporations and cause farmers to lose control over their own seeds, according to ConsultancyAfrica.

Source: ConsultancyAfrica.