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Audu Ogbeh: FG determined to wipe out hunger, poverty before 2030

Valentine Chinyem



Ahead of events marking the 2018 World Food Day, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has said the Federal Government is determined to wipe out hunger, food insecurity and poverty before the end of 2030

Ogbeh, gave the assurance after a sensitization walk yesterday in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

He praised the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for its resilience and also for, investing in Nigeria for the past 40 years.

Represented by the Director, Policies, planning and Cordination, Nasiru Adamu, he said, “this year’s World Food Day also marks the 70th of the establishment of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and 40 years presence in Nigeria.

40 years in the life of a nation is a great achievement. The theme, “Our Actions are our Future: A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is possible,” is possible.

“It is a well cut out theme at this period when impact of climate change is very much devastating on food production and food security. The theme can be actualised if government, private sector and development partners work in collaboration to fight hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition.

“The principle of this administration is to treat agriculture as business. Before now a lot of people look down on agriculture,” he noted.

Meanwhile, the Country Representative of FAO, Suffyan Koroma, while speaking said the organisation is committed to assisting Nigeria fight hunger and extreme poverty.

“Nigeria should be free from hunger by 2030, he said

“But that does not just rest on agriculture as we know it. It goes beyond that because if you look at the complementary services that agriculture needs to strive, they are also valuable as the product that we produce from the farm.

And for food prices to be low it does not just mean production; it means the value added product, services that we provide and how efficient they are. Even effective legislation can lead to zero hunger and knowledge as to what to produce and to what market,” he advised.