In Nigeria, stakeholders have urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency for the country’s agriculture sector to prevent greater hunger in the country’s economy.
They argued that the government should be concerned about the escalating food crisis and the frightening pricing of food goods in markets around the country.
They also warned that unless disruptive, innovative, and strict supervision of important milestones with defined timelines between now and 2023 is implemented sustainably, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) announcement that 19 million Nigerians are currently in poverty could be doubled and multiplied.
Mr. Kabir Ibrahim, former National President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN); Dr. Femi Oke, Chairman, Lagos Chapter of the AFAN and South West Regional Coordinator; Dr. Muda Yusuf, former Director-General of LCCI and Chief Executive Officer of Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprise (CPPE); and Dr. Obiora Madu, Director-General of the African Centre for Supply Chain (ACSC).
Nigeria’s agriculture, according to Ibrahim, is at a fork in the road and requires immediate attention.
Nigeria’s population expansion, the COVID-19 pandemic, general insecurity, incipient lethargy in policy execution, and a lack of cohesion, he explained, are now the “three,t variables” affecting food production, processing, distribution, and consumption in the country.