IITA received the 2018 African Food Prize for its leadership in the DRC.
The Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Sanginga Nteranya, pleaded for the transformation of Congolese agriculture that needs to migrate, from simple agriculture to agro-business, in order to make this sector a source of wealth and employment for young people.
He said it Thursday in Kinshasa at IITA headquarters, following his contacts with the President of the Republic, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo and some members of the government as well as the technical and financial partners of the IITA. agricultural sector in particular, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the National Institute for Agricultural Research and Studies (INERA) ) and the PARRSA project.
To make agriculture a real business, DG Sanginga hoped that the share that will be allocated to agriculture in the budgets of the State to come, allows to make this transformation a reality. This change, he added, may allow the Democratic Republic of Congo to limit imports into the DRC massive foodstuffs estimated at nearly 1, 6 billion USD. Which, for him, does not help to fight poverty in the country. He also said that 46% of children are malnourished and that the youth unemployment rate is around 90% because of low-yielding agriculture.
“The President of the Republic is investing with the help of the ADB and IITA and he has a clear desire to work for the development of the agricultural sector,” said the Director General of IITA.
As a reminder, IITA received the African Food Prize 2018 because of its leadership in the DRC, this institution works in partnership with national services including the National Institute for Agricultural Research and Studies (INERA), the National Seed Service (SENASEM), the National Extension Service (SNV).
The Director General of IITA visited Kinshasa from 14 to 20 June. He was following the Executive Director of the African Development Bank (AfDB) as part of a mobilization mission on the transformation of agriculture in Africa.