President Buhari pledges investment in food security


President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in New York reaffirmed the commitment of the Federal Government to attaining national food security.

The President made this known at the Food Systems Summit, a part of the High-Level meetings of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

According to the president, Nigeria had developed a “food system focused development agenda that prioritizes healthy diets and affordable nutrition, inclusive, efficient, resilient, and sustainable.

President Buhari further said the food system will contribute to rebuilding “our economy, creating jobs and spurring growth across sectors while sustaining our ecosystems.”

The President said the plan was the outcome of a wide range of stakeholder engagement geared towards a better understanding of their food systems, experiences, and needs.

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“Following the recommendations from the dialogues and our plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within a decade.

“Nigeria is committed to: investing in food security and nutrition knowledge dissemination, skills’ development, and information management systems to enhance agricultural productivity; building sustainable, responsive, and inclusive food systems; enhancing the productivity of smallholder farmers and empowering women and youths for greater access to food production; while strengthening climate mitigation strategies and conflict early warning systems that will reduce the many stresses and shocks to our food systems.”

The President commended the initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for convening the Summit, calling it “a bold step towards achieving the 2030 global development Agenda at a time COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant consequences are threatening progress.”

He stressed that as Nigeria works “to transform our food systems and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, we hope to learn from, and collaborate with the Member States that have grappled or are grappling with food systems concerns similar to ours.”

“We especially support the emerging coalitions of actions and sustainable food systems,” he added.

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