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Nigeria: Climate-smart Agriculture to be Used by NABG and Others to Fight Poverty

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In order to increase food productivity, create jobs, and combat the scourge of poverty in Nigeria, the Nigerian AgriBusiness Group (NABG) and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector have discussed how to implement climate-smart agriculture.

This was the main focus of a two-day stakeholders workshop that started yesterday in Abuja with the topic “Cleaner, safer, rewarding agriculture” on building a national framework for climate-smart agriculture.

The SSPs project, also known as the smallholder farmer’s project, is the focus of the program, which promotes agribusiness advocacy. A three-year effort to increase the scope and inclusion of smallholder farmers (SMF) in Nigeria and enhance food security in the nation has been financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Speaking to reporters at the occasion, NABG President Emmanuel Ijewere said climate-smart agriculture is crucial since every nation has a unique obligation to adapt to the changes in the world’s environment.

In order to solve these difficulties, we must first ask ourselves these questions and then put in place a structure that will allow us to do so. The climate has already suffered damage. It is now a matter of coping with and minimizing those damages.

“In order to maintain food security and to aid in the diversification of the Nigerian economy, he added, “at the end of the day, it is how to raise the yield, improve the soil, improve the environment, and lessen the poverty of the people.”

The goal, he continued, is to develop a sustainable agricultural framework that will allow young people in Nigeria to work, minimize food imports, and utilize the land more effectively thanks to technology.

He added that Nigerians must use technology, education, and training to move away from oil, acknowledging that agriculture is the future because 70% of Nigerians work in the industry, and their lots must be used efficiently.

Despite the possibility of insecurity, he added, Nigerians shouldn’t let it damper their passion for food production and lowering food insecurity in our nation.

Dr. Manzo Maigari, director general of NABG, stated that due to the value it provides to production and the potential it holds to lower the risks faced by farmers, it has become imperative for all stakeholders to adopt climate-smart agriculture.

He explained, “It is significant in that farmers have been losing output from their property without fully understanding the problems. Farmers are unaware of the subtle effects of climate change since it is impossible to pinpoint them.

“But what matters in this case is that most of the methods used by small-holder farmers are harmful, even though they are unaware of this.
He mentioned that climate-smart agriculture was created to aid farmers in reducing the effects of climate change.

Muhammadu D. Abubakar, a member of the NABG council, claimed that the goal of climate-smart agriculture is to protect the environment while promoting higher yields with the least amount of effort. He also urged all parties involved to remain dedicated to improving the effort.

Officials from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, academics, and others also attended the event.

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