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Students To Win 1 Million In 'Farming is Cool' Competition (DETAILS)

As part of its goal to see a generational shift in agriculture on the continent, the African Development Bank has taken its 'Farming is Cool' initiative to school children in Nigeria.

The Bank has also launched a Junior Art Contest in Nigeria to promote the potential of agriculture to secondary school children.

Africa is hoping to feed itself and to eradicate malnutrition by 2025, but the average age of farmers on the continent is currently 60 years.

The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will present prizes to the three winners from the month-long contest at the commissioning of the Nigeria office building on January 18, 2018, in Abuja. The winners will receive partial scholarships of 1,000,000 Naira, 500,000 Naira and 250,000 Naira as first, second and third place prizes, respectively.

"The art competition was conducted to sow a seed of awareness in young minds of the significance and potential of agriculture in the development of a nation's economy. The Farming is Cool campaign strives to flip the script on farming as a last resort by emphasizing and promoting it as a viable wealth-creation option," said Ebrima Faal, Senior Director of the Nigeria Country Department at the African Development Bank. "It targets youth and children to encourage positive thought and action towards an agricultural revolution."

The Bank is accelerating agricultural development through its Feed Africa Strategy with a planned investment of US $24 billion over the next 10 years.

The goals of the Bank's Feed Africa strategy are to help eliminate extreme poverty in Africa by 2025; end hunger and malnutrition in Africa by 2025; make Africa a net food exporter, and move Africa to the top of export-orientated global value chains where it has a comparative advantage.

Feed Africa includes include agricultural finance models that will benefit youth, as well as other groups; it will rely on the Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy to increase the representation of youth in agriculture and agribusiness and equip them with the necessary skills to be successful.

Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, will commission the new office complex of the African Development Bank in Abuja on January 18, 2018, consolidating the country's position as the Bank's largest shareholder.

2018 EDITION OF THE AFRICAN ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

The African Development Bank is launching the 2018 edition of its yearly flagship report, the African Economic Outlook (AEO), on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at its headquarters in Abidjan. As a leading African institution, the Bank is the first to provide headline numbers on Africa's macroeconomic performance and outlook.

The African Economic Outlook bridges a critical knowledge gap on the diverse socio-economic realities of African economies through regular, rigorous, and comparative analysis.

It provides short-to-medium term forecasts on the evolution of key macroeconomic indicators for all 54 regional member countries, as well as analysis on the state of socio-economic challenges and progress made in each country.

It presents the African Development Bank staff economists' analyses of African economic development during the previous year and near term. It has become the main flagship report for the African Development Bank, as well as reference material for those interested in Africa's development, including researchers, investors, civil society organizations, and development partners.

The January release will provide a rigorous and comprehensive analysis of the state of the African economy, country profiles with key recent developments and prospects for each country, while a set of Regional Economic Outlooks for Africa's five sub-regions will be soon. These self-contained, independent reports, will focus on priority areas of concern for each subregion and provide analysis of the economic and social landscape.

In addition to the main AEO report, there will be issues of pressing current interest. Also for the first time this year, the Bank's country economists will prepare shorter Regional Economic reports being released in late January. As before, a full set of updated growth projections will be released in May for the Annual Meetings.

Given a rapidly changing Africa and international economic order, the Bank has revamped the report to enhance its policy relevance while ensuring that it serves the Bank's operations well. A few changes are evident.

To facilitate advocacy and policy dialogue, the 2018 AEO has been shortened to a maximum of four chapters and about 180 pages, plus the 54 Country Notes, down from more than 300 pages.

The African Economic Outlook is produced annually by the African Development Bank. The full report will be available online at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at www.afdb.org. Official hashtag: #2018AEO

The launch event will place from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Babacar Ndiaye Auditorium at the African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

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