President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the commitment of the federal government to attaining food security.
The president said this yesterday in New York, at the Food Systems Summit, which was part of the high-level meetings of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
According to him, Nigeria had developed a food system-focused development agenda that prioritises healthy diets and affordable nutrition, inclusive, efficient, resilient, and sustainable, which will contribute to rebuilding our economy, creating jobs and spurring growth across sectors while sustaining our ecosystems.
A statement issued by the President’s Media Adviser, Femi Adesina, quoted the Nigerian leader as saying the plan was the outcome of a wide range of stakeholder engagement geared towards a better understanding of their food systems, experiences and needs.
According to President Buhari, “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.”
The president further said: “We especially support the emerging coalitions of actions and sustainable food systems.”