Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is expected to lead discussions on ‘Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria’ at this year’s 23rd Annual LAPO Development Forum scheduled to hold in Abuja this week.
The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, is expected to be Special Guest of Honour at the event scheduled to hold on October 18, 2016.
A professor of Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition and pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Elizade University, Ondo State, Valentine Aletor, will present a paper on ‘Agriculture, Women Empowerment and Food Security’ while Director-General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Nteranya Sanginga, will speak on ‘Enhancing Youth Employment Through Agricultural Development’ at the LAPO Forum.
A statement from LAPO and made available to Leadership at the weekend, said the main objectives of the forum is to increase knowledge on food security and sustainable agriculture in Nigeria, provide farmers and agro-business owners access to funding opportunities, create opportunities for entrepreneurs, development partners, academia, policy makers and other stakeholders to interact on sustainable agriculture in Nigeria as well as provide information on youth employment opportunities.
The Annual LAPO Development Forum was initiated in 1994 and has become a faculty of development in its own right. The annual conference has stimulated discourse on the development agenda in Nigeria and Africa with very realistic solutions canvassed by guest lecturers and conferees.