The African Development Bank has called for more funding for the agricultural sector to help mechanise production and fast track wealth creation in the continent.

AfDB said focus on agriculture through better policies and increased funding will also be key in addressing problems such as hunger and poverty.

“Turning agriculture into a wealth creating enterprise is at the heart of Africa`s transformation agenda. Agriculture should be profitable and appealing to the youthful demographic,” Adesina told delegates at the sixth Tokyo Internatinal Conference on African Development that closed on Sunday.

He drummed up support for increased training and credit to women farmers in the continent as a lasting solution to food insecurity.

AfDB has pledged to invest $24 billion (Sh2.4 trillion) to revolutionise Africa’s farming sector over the next decade.

Adesina spoke at a symposium on agriculture organised by one of Japan’s long-serving NGOs in Africa, Sasakawa Africa Association on the sidelines of TICAD.

The non-profit group signed a memorandum of understanding with AfDB to mark 30years of collaboration with African governments to transform the agriculture sector.

Nigeria`s minister for agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh said that optimal use of arable land in Africa coupled with improved agricultural practices and streamlined value chains will alleviate poverty in rural households.

“We must inject fresh vitality in Africa`s agriculture through training of farmers, provision of subsidised inputs and value addition to expand our share of the global commodities market,” Ogbeh said.

Africa has the largest share of arable land in the world yet imports most of its food.