FG working towards food sufficiency for Nigeria, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his administration’s readiness towards attaining food sufficiency for the country.

According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr, Femi Adesina on Friday, Buhari made the commitment on Thursday in New York at the High Level meeting of the Food Systems Summit of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Adesina said the president told his audience that Nigeria had developed a “food system focused development agenda that prioritizes healthy diets and affordable nutrition, inclusive, efficient, resilient, and sustainable, which will contribute to rebuilding our economy.

The president also listed the issues of creating jobs and spurring growth across sectors while sustaining our ecosystems as part of the key components of his regime’s agricultural development programme.

According to President Buhari, “Following the recommendations from the dialogues and our plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within a decade, Nigeria is committed to: investing in food security and nutrition knowledge dissemination, skills’ development, and information management systems to enhance agricultural productivity; building sustainable, responsive, and inclusive food systems.

“We are also enhancing the productivity of smallholder farmers and empowering women and youths for greater access to food production; while strengthening climate mitigation strategies and conflict early warning systems that will reduce the many stresses and shocks to our food systems.”

The President commended the initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for convening the Summit, calling it “a bold step towards achieving the 2030 global development Agenda at a time COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant consequences are threatening progress.”

He stressed that as Nigeria works “To transform our food systems and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, we hope to learn from, and collaborate with Member States that have grappled or are grappling with food systems concerns similar to ours.”

“We especially support the emerging coalitions of actions and sustainable food systems,” he added.

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