Posted by News Express | 16 October 2021 | 489 times
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has said that over four million Nigerians go hungry and suffer from malnutrition.
FAO said this situation is large because of the challenges associated with conflict, pests and diseases, natural disasters, loss of biodiversity, habitat destruction, economic challenges and devastating effects of COVID-19.
Fred Kafeero, FAO Representative to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), made this known on Friday in Abuja during a Press Conference at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to mark the 2021 World Food Day celebration with the theme: Our actions are our future: ‘Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life.
Kafeero said functioning food systems would not only assure enough and quality food but environmental sustainability which is vital for the development of the present and future generations.
He said there are also other key elements such as better data, governance and institutions that need to be added to the equation.
He, however, called for interventions on research and development to make farming more technologically advanced, innovation in digital agriculture, and re-skilling young people and improving literacy rates among women.
“Every one of us has a role to play in ending hunger by changing the way we produce food, adding value to our food products and making food choices that will improve our health and reduce waste and loss of food.
“Our approach can only be effective if it’s rooted in working together with governments and key partners as they forge their own national pathways towards transformation in line with their specific conditions and needs,” he said.
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