Yellen calls for “urgent” steps to ensure food security in Africa

Yellen calls for “urgent” steps to ensure food security in Africa
Yellen calls for “urgent” steps to ensure food security in Africa
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Posted in: 01/25/2023 – 11:36Last updated: 01/25/2023 – 11:33

Lusaka (AFP) – US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday called for urgent, climate-resilient steps to boost food security in Africa, while on a tour in Zambia.

At the end of a two-day visit to the southern African country, Yellen said climate change caused by the intensity and frequency of storms, floods and droughts has damaged agricultural crops in Africa.

“We should take urgent action to adapt agricultural practices and technology to the changing climate,” she said during a tour of a project that helps small-scale farmers manage the consequences of changing weather patterns.

The project, located 40 km from the capital, Lusaka, is funded by the Green Climate Fund, which has received $1 billion from the US government.

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She said the United States was prioritizing “innovative projects,” including providing farmers with seeds that are more resistant to drought, heat and harsh conditions.

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Yellen denounced Russia’s “unprovoked war of aggression” against Ukraine, which “has harmed Africa by exacerbating existing food insecurity and creating an unnecessary burden on the continent’s economy.”

Yellen, who visited Senegal, will continue her African tour in South Africa, a few days after a visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Pretoria.

© 2023 AFP

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