‘Nigeria crucial to food security in Africa’
The minister maintained that most of the food produced in the country feeds not only Nigeria but also other West African countries.
Lokpobiri, who stated this when he received the Regional Director for West and Central African Region of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Lisandro Martin, maintained that whatever happens in Nigeria happens to the whole of West Africa.
According to him, “Whatever we do here essentially feeds the whole of West Africa. The seeds that we produce here essentially service the whole of West Africa. The grains that we produce here service the whole of West Africa.
“Whatever happens here affects the whole of West Africa. So, whatever support that you are giving to Nigeria is essentially the support given to the whole of West Africa.”
The minister, however, disclosed the plans of the government to work more closely to ensure food sufficiency in the country by funding and supporting the nation’s rural farmers.
IFAD’s total financial support to the nation’s farmers is currently about $500 million.
Responding, the visiting director, who came with the country representative of IFAD to Nigeria, Nadine Gbossa, disclosed that IFAD was already strategising on how to expand its Nigerian office not only in terms of increased support but also capacity to provide more technical guidance and implement its projects in the country.
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