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Nigeria: World Food Day activities begin

Hon. Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh addressing participants at the World Food Day sensitization walk at Unity Fountain in Abuja.

The World Food Day celebrations have begun in Nigeria as the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) marks this with a health walk around the Federal Capital, Abuja.

The Nigerian Federal Government (FG) Pledges to tackle Food Insecurity as they celebrate the World Food Day

The FG has pledged to tackle food insecurity in the country through modern and holistic agricultural programmes and policies.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, disclosed this at the ‘walk and sensitisation’ segment of the celebration of the 2017 World Food Day with the theme: ‘Change the future of migration: Invest in Agriculture and Rural Development.’

The World Food Day is an international event established during the 20th session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations conference in 1979 and is observed on October 16 annually by all member nations to promote worldwide effective action to end hunger, malnutrition, reduce poverty, improve food security and social economic conditions, especially in the rural populations.

Ogbeh said the federal government had introduced an array of agricultural programmes to ensure food security and the long-term economic growth of the nation.

“Accordingly, the Federal Government of Nigeria has committed itself to tackling food security in the nation and also to respond to the current challenges of food insecurity,’’ the minister stated.

He also said over the years, Nigeria agricultural sector had been focusing on the conventional paradigm of harnessing resources to sustain food security and that presently, the ministry is committed to making the sector a pivot for economic stabilization in diversifying, generating employment and creating wealth in the country.