Flooding, Climate Change, Conflict Places Heavy Burden on Achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 – FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has said that with the current issue of flooding, Conflict, Climate Change and others in Nigeria, the goal of achieving a Hunger-free Nigeria by 2030 may not be achieved if not duly addressed.

FOA Representative in Nigeria, Amb. Suffyan Korama who disclose this today in Abuja at the 2018 World Food Day noted government should intensify the drive of managing flooding, conflict resolution, disease, and pest control to achieve a Hunger-Free Nigeria by 2030.
In his address, Amb. Suffyan said ‘ in view of what we have been doing in area of crop and livestock production that contribute to zero hunger, Nigeria should be free of hunger by 2030, but how do we control for animal diseases and pest, now we have conflicts in our communities, climate change and issues of flooding, all of these issues are relevant to achieving zero hunger, so I hope we will continue the strive of this government in enhancing this drive to achieving zero hunger by 2030’.
While Speaking Nigeria’s Agriculture sector on Prices, Suffyan noted that for food Prices to be lower, it does not just mean production but the efficiency of  value-added product, the energy, effective legislation, transportation, education and legal framework, these are what we need for agriculture to survive, we cannot just produce, if we produce without adding value, then all is useless, he said.
The Director of Planning and Policy Coordination Mr Nasir Adamu who represented the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Igbeh noted that the theme of the 2018 World Food Day (Our Actions Are Our Future. A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is Possible) is well thought of considering the devastating impact of climate change on food production and food security all over the world.
Audu Igbeh, however, noted that the goal can be achieved if all stakeholders majorly government, the private sector, and development partners work together in collaboration to fight hunger and extreme policy with malnutrition.
Similarly, he noted that Nigeria is currently on the part to achieving self-sufficiency in rice production and with that in view, Nigeria can be a model for the world.
‘Permit me to state that the policies of this administration on the agriculture sector has start yielding fruits especially in the area of rice production. It is now evident that we are on the path of becoming self-sufficient in rice production. Indeed, I have no doubt in my mind that Nigeria can be a model for Africa and the world if we join forces and act’.
He also stressed that lots of food economic potential abound in our economy, thus, we must map out our key constraint agricultural valuation from producing to consumption in which ministry is vigorously working towards the attainment of this objective. He said.

BY Kenny Folarin

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