Food Security: Farm protection, agric funding only solution to food scarcity, unemployment in Nigeria – ActionAid

The only solution to food scarcity and unemployment among the youth that have turned to crime to eke out a living is the protection of farms from incessant banditry attacks and funding of agricultural mechanisation. This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a one-day Non-State Actors (NSAs) Post National Dialogue & Dissemination on Nigeria’s Performance at the 3rd Biennial Review Exercise on the Implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which was held in Abuja recently. ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) and ActionAid International pointed out…

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Food Production: “We made progress shutting borders” – Buhari

…Africa to lose $11bn to Russia-Ukraine war ― Adesina President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, rationalised the closure of Nigerian borders, saying that progress was made through the action, which according to him was to encourage local food production. Recall that the President ordered the closure of the country’s land borders in August 2019 to crack down on smuggling. Four of the borders were re-opened in 2020, including the Seme border, in the South-West region; Maigatari and Illela borders, in the North-West, and Mfun borders, in the South-South. Four more were ordered…

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UN allocates $15m to address rising food insecurity in Nigeria

The United Nations (UN) has allocated 15 million dollars from the 100 million dollars earmarked to Africa and the Middle-East to address food insecurity as the spillover effects of the Russia-Ukraine war threaten to push millions even closer to famine. The contribution from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which was announced on Thursday, would go towards relief projects in six African countries and Yemen. The countries are Nigeria, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and South Sudan. The CERF was established in 2005 to deliver urgently needed humanitarian assistance whenever and…

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Buhari orders release of 40,000 metric tonnes of grains to less-privileged Nigerians

…Summons Agric Minister President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate release of 40,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains from the Strategic Grains Reserve, (SGR), to assist less-privileged Nigerians to celebrate the forthcoming Easter and Sallah festivities. This was made known by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar, while briefing State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday. The president’s action is expected to help reduce the impact of the high prices of grains in the market on the…

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Gombe: Governor Inuwa visits NALDA Office in Abuja, Assures of Sustained Partnership to Boost Wheat Production, Agric Value-Chain

Umar Kaltungo Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, says his administration remains committed towards strengthening the existing partnership between Gombe State and the National Agricultural Land Development Authority, (NALDA), in order to boost the agricultural value-chain in the State. The Governor stated this while answering questions from journalists shortly after visiting the Director-General of NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, in his office in Abuja to discuss issues that are beneficial to Gombe State. Governor Inuwa observed that the partnership between the Gombe State Government and NALDA in the area of wheat…

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CBN unveils 21 maize pyramids In Kaduna

In line with President Buhari’s administration’s vision of producing what we consume and reducing import bills, the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) has unveiled 21 maize pyramids in Kaduna State. According to the CBN, it will boost maize production towards promoting food security and self-sufficiency, saying, “As of February 2022, it has under its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, disbursed about N948 billion to 4,478,381 smallholder farmers, who cultivated 5.2 million hectares of farmland across Nigeria, creating 12.5m direct and indirect jobs”. Speaking at the unveiling yesterday, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele,…

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‘Tackle insecurity, invest in food security’ – U.S charges FG

The United States (U.S) Department of Agriculture /Foreign Agricultural Services in Nigeria, under the Agriculture Desk of the US Consulate in Lagos and the Nigerian- American Chamber OF Commerce (NACC), has charged the Federal Government to tackle insecurity head-on and invest more in food security. The Counsellor for Agriculture Affairs (U.S Consulate in Lagos), Gerald Smith, made this known recently in Lagos, during a Breakfast Meeting between the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, (NACC), and the Consulate on ‘US Mission’s Agric-Focused Activities in Nigeria’. According to him, insecurity is hampering agricultural…

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FAO predicts 19.4m Nigerians to face food insecurity from June to August

The Food and Agriculture Organisation, (FAO), has confirmed that no fewer than 19.4 million Nigerians may face acute food and nutrition insecurity between June and August. Food Security Analyst, Jasper Mwesigwa, made this known yesterday, in Abuja, at the ‘Nigeria Cadre Harmonise-Acute Food and Nutrition Insecurity Analysis’ programme. Mwesigwa said that currently, about 14.4 million Nigerians, including 385,000 IDPs in 21 States and the FCT were facing a food crisis presently. He listed the states as Yobe, Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kano, Bauchi, Enugu, Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara, Jigawa, Gombe,…

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Livestock: FG, Gombe To Set Up Another Grazing Reserve In Nono District

…As Cattle Breeders, Others Appeal For Timely Commissioning Of Completed Facilities At Wawa-Zange Grazing Reserve Umar Kaltungo The Federal Government will, in collaboration with Gombe State, establish another grazing reserve in Nono district of Yalmatu Deba Local Government Area of Gombe State. The establishment of the reserve is aimed at consolidating on the gains so far recorded in the national livestock transformation programme. The Gombe State Commissioner of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Muhammad Magaji Getado disclosed this at a meeting with officials of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Gombe State…

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Non-Adherence to Court Order: ABU cries out over encroachment on varsity’s land by State govt.

Ahmadu Bello University’s College of Agriculture and Animal Science (CAAS), Mando, in Kaduna, has lamented non-adherence to a court order stopping the Kaduna State government and its agencies from forceful take over of its land. Provost of the College, Dr. Hassan Hamidu, while briefing newsmen in Kaduna, said that the encroachment had exposed the school to security threats. The Provost said, “Despite a court order, dated 18th January, 2022, restraining the government and its agencies from encroaching on the College land, the agencies have moved in to demolish the school…

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