Plans are being made to assist rural communities and small-scale farmers in areas affected by conflict in Nigeria to scale up their production.
Aside achieving self-sufficiency in food production, other goals include to produce enough food for export and to upon up rural communities in conflict areas for development.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is to lead other stakeholders at the flag-off of the initiative during this year’s Agritalk Conference in Abuja on April 7, 2022.
Professor Osinbajo will be joined by international expert and founder of ‘Plant for Peace’, James Britt, together with other stakeholder in agriculture and rural development.
The conference will focus on the theme: Advancing Nigeria Agriculture and Rural Development in the Midst of Conflict.
BRITT, who has a long history of working in conflict areas around the world, including Afghanistan, said the initiative would help to stabilize conflict areas in Nigeria.
He told participants at an online event monitored from Lagos that it would also help to achieve self-sufficiency in food production and open the window for small holder farmers and communities in Nigeria to the global food market.
On his part, Michael Kadiri of Avas Consulting, said part of the plan is to introduce technology that would create new opportunities in Nigeria’s agricultural sector.