The Nigerian Agribusiness Group (NABG) and Grow Africais poised to boost food security in Nigeria through the Country Agribusiness Partnership Framework (CAP-F). The CAP-F Nigeria Private Sector Stakeholders Sensitization Webinar which held today had significant Agribusiness
stakeholders in the private and Public sector.
The event began with the welcome address from the Vice President, NABG, Dr Emmanuel Ijewere where reiterated the activities of NABG towards was to strengthening public and private sector activities to boost investments in agribusiness, a one minute silence was made in honour of late Alhaji Sani Dangote, who was the President of the NABG before his death on Nov. 14.
According to Ijewere, the CAP-F programme is for the purposes of creating an environment of corporation, coordination and creating a situation where both parties recognises each other as being essential for the success of agricultural future of Nigeria.
“The NABG had always had this responsibility of working from the side of the private sector and taking them to government but we always have the problem of government not understanding us and us not understanding them.
He stated that Government is the bigger and more powerful partner in boosting food security and then the private sector is the implementator of those government policies; The private sector is in business, to do business to make money and if they fail to do it because of government policies, they too are losers, so this is an opportunity for us getting together,” he said.
Dr Kehinde Makinde, Country Manager, Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA) stated in his remarks that AGRA was focused on strengthening inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa.
He Makinde said: “We recognise that, that is not possible except we have the government leading the process of transformation.
“Working in alignment with the different actors that we have in the agricultural sector in achieving the country’s desired economic objectives for agricultural development,” he noted.
The Chief Operating Officer, Grow Africa, Mr Ibrahim Gourouza said that CAP-F, if anything, was a strategic framework designed by Africans for Africa towards the transformation of Africa in the continent.
Gourouza said that the process of implementing CAP-F usually started with consultations with all the stakeholders in the ecosystem.
He urged stakeholders to not lose focus: “Although, we know that the dialogue or corporation between the private and public sector can be improved, we believe, demonstrated through the consultations we have had in Nigeria.”
According to him, there are some quick wings in the agriculture value chains such as; distribution, production, marketing, processing among others.
He advised that the dialogue should continue so that the implementation will be at ease, noting that all that had been done would be fruitless and meaningless without the right financial mechanisms.
The Vice President, Corporate/Government Relations, OLAM Nigeria, Mr Ade Adefeko in his goodwill message commended all the parties involved in the presentation of CAP-F which showed an effort towards the growth of Africa and building mutual partnerships.
Adefeko added that against the backdrop of the next generation, food security is very important and critical to Africa’s livelihoods.
The Director-General, NABG, Dr Manzo Maigari, while responding to the how the NABG had engaged government in policy formations, said that NABG had played active roles especially in the drafting of the Nigerian Agricultural Technology and Innovation Plan (NATIP) by the Federal Government.
Maigari said that the NATIP document wold be a shift from the traditional ways in which agriculture had before now, been handled.
“What we made clear to the government was that they must necessarily see agriculture as a business and see themselves as a facilitator, rather than players in the business, because this has handled agriculture from growing,” he said.