World Food Day: GAIN advocates improved investment in agriculture sector



The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a non-profit organisation, has advocated for an increase in the budgetary allocation to the country’s agriculture sector.

Dr Michael Ojo, Nigeria’s Country Director of the organisation said this in a statement on Friday to commemorate the World Food Day.

The theme for this year’s celebration is; “Grow, Nourish, Sustain, Together”.

According to Ojo, “projections indicate we will have over 400 million Nigerians by 2050, so, we work to control our population to more manageable numbers over the coming years.

“Yet, we will no doubt have an increasing number of mouths to feed. There is no more compelling call to action than this.

“Nigeria has to invest much more in critical infrastructure to support agricultural production and getting produce to internal and external markets.

“Reducing its budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector as it did by 20 per cent from N173 billion in 2018 to N138 billion in 2019 implies the government is not taking the quest to attain food security seriously,” he said.

Ojo advised that the migration of young people from agriculture must be curtailed, to enable the country’s food systems meet up with the quantity and quality of food needed as a nation.

“For this to happen, agriculture must become a more attractive source of meaningful and sustainable income.

“Our food system must support and reward the deployment of innovation and technology.

“From Agri-Tech to Fin-Tech and broad-based ICT, technology will unleash youth entrepreneurship and bring forward new solutions to a range of perennial value chain, environmental, nutritional, and livelihood issues.

“This includes seed availability, resource use, poor yields, post-harvest loss, market linkages, food safety, and demand creation for nutritious foods,” he said.

The country director said that smallholder farmers and SMEs operating at different points in the food system must be able to access repayable finance in a sustainable way.

He also noted that accurate data is required for the country to have a good starting point in expanding its productivity in the food systems.

Edited By: Razak Owolabi
Source: NAN

#EndSARS: Do due diligence before prosecuting suspects, Rights group tells police Connfusion in Gwagwalada as youths storm warehouse Omo-Agege’s aide donates relief materials to flood victims in Delta community No palliative found in Edo Deputy Governor’s hall in Jattu — Aide Ikpeazu harps on promotion of peace, unity in Abia EndSARS: Obaseki inaugurates 22-man panel #ENDSARS: Police arrest 120 hoodlums over looting in Adamawa Air Peace begins regular commercial flights to Johannesburg soon #EndSARS protest : Youths’ Minister consults Makinde over youth unrest Nasarawa Dep-Gov. donates TV sets, other items to NUJ Reps C’ttee to take up funding of NEPAD with SGF Trump blames media as coronavirus cases skyrocket Buhari commiserates with leading industrialist, Ojukwu, over wife’s death Shippers council, shipping companies mulling removal of demurrage charges on cargoes Confronting the menace of fake news #EndSARS protests: Hoodlums’ actions bound to affect FDIs negatively – Analyst Hungary to receive nearly $600m in unemployment assistance from EU – Commission Codefest launches empowerment programme for 100,000 STEM teachers #EndSARS: Fast track justice for Lekki shooting victims, YYA urges Buhari Grassroots football: Enthusiast seeks more involvement of philanthropists to develop talents Hoodlums kill Customs officer in Jigawa, cart away rifles #EndSARS: judicial panel of inquiry commences inaugural sitting in A’Ibom, assures petitioners of justice EndSARS: AMAC boss pleads with religious leaders, others to preach peace AFCON: Mozambique will perform well against Cameroon — Coach Use debate to strengthen perspectives, positions in crisis, forum’s D-G tells politicians Wheelchair tennis coach says upcoming CBN National Open crucial to players EndSARS protests, curfew has no significant impact on capital market –Experts   Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt to resume talks on renaissance Dam on Tuesday – AU Gombe Govt. assures on 3rd phase distribution of palliatives Panel of inquiry urges victims of Lekki Tollgate shooting to come forward Commercial banks in Lagos witness low turnout of customers after curfew Gov. Ayade promises N100,000 reward for information on looters EndSARS: 80 in police net over looting of property in Calabar #EndSARS: NBC imposes N3m sanction on AIT, Channel TV, others The Sun Newspapers correspondent, others shot in Lokoja #ENDSARS protest Motor racing: Hamilton’s future comes more into focus after record win Plateau athlete eyes dominance at Kaduna half-marathon Computer Society tasks FG, State Governments  on #EndSARS  hacking Okowa felicitates Dokpesi at 69 Global investments moving toward cleaner, cheaper energy options- NNPC boss #ENDSARS: organised private sector wants end to looting, seeks collaboration to end open defecation Respect your social agreements with citizens, political stakeholders advise govt. Over 500 detained at latest protests against Lukashenko in Belarus Famed Italian conductor protests shutdown of cultural sector Mali, France at odds over talks with militants Fake news and threat to national security Protect electrical installations in your domains, EKEDC tasks community leaders Ondo NSCDC gets new Commandant Myanmar extends suspension of international commercial air services NASRDA urges FG to use Space Technology in anti corruption war