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Monday, October 7, 2013

IFRC, AfDB sign MOU on food security, disaster risk reduction

Anthony Nwakaegho/NaijaAgroNet

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Tunis aimed at providing assistance to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in Africa.

The MoU between the two organizations, NaijaAgroNet was informed, specifically outlines several areas of potential collaboration, including climate change, health care, food security, disaster risk reduction, youth development, and water and sanitation.

The IFRC Secretary General, Bekele Geleta, said that with drought currently affecting parts of southern Africa and many people in the Sahel region coping with flooding, it is imperative that they form strategic partnerships with local actors to help address recurring challenges.

Referring to the successful outcomes of the recent African Development Fund (ADF) negotiations in Paris, African Development Bank Group President Donald Kaberuka highlighted the Bank’s commitment to fragile states and stressed the need for greater urgency to address food insecurity and flooding that affects millions of people across the continent.

NaijaAgroNet recalls that the IFRC is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through its 187 member national societies, while the AfDB is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its 54 regional member countries (RMCs), thus contributing to poverty reduction.

*With additional report from African Press Organization
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