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Boosting food production via Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture Initiative

Alhaji Sabo Nanono

In 2019, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) initiated the National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) initiative. Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development NAVSA is an ecosystem-driven digital platform, envisioned for the transformation of the agricultural sector. It is envisaged that the programme would assist the farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural ecosystem to ...

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Nigerian group named among ‘visionaries’ for Food System Vision Prize

Roy Steiner

After being mentioned as one of the finalists for the Food System Vision Prize in August 2020. the Rockefeller Foundation has named Darkpore Media Africa LTD as one of the top visionaries after completing an intensive, three-month accelerator. Roy Steiner, Senior Vice President, Food, The Rockefeller Foundation As a top Visionary, the team will be awarded $200,000 to tackle malnourishment ...

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Boosting food security in Africa via adoption of genetically modified crops

GMOs

In a 2012 article published by the United Nations University, titled: “Are Transgenic Crops Safe? GM Agriculture in Africa’’, the anchor man, Dr Ademola Adenle, stressed the need for African countries to embrace Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to boost food production. GMOs Adenle listed increased crop yields, higher farm income, good health and environment, as benefits associated with GM crops. ...

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Fruits, vegetables crucial for healthy lives, sustainable world, says Guterres

Antonio Guterres

The United Nations is marking 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, spotlighting their vital role in human nutrition and food security, as well as urging efforts to improve sustainable production and reduction of waste. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General In a message launching the campaign, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said despite tremendous benefits of fruits and vegetables, “we ...

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UNN Centre clamours climate smart agriculture policy to tackle food crisis

REPRC-EfD Policy Day

Concerned by the debilitating effect of food insecurity in Nigeria, the Resource and Environmental Policy Research Centre (REPRC) Environment for Development (EfD) Nigeria, University of Nigeria, has called for a government policy to enable farmers embrace Climate Smart Agriculture in order to solve  the current food crisis. Some participants at the REPRC-EfD Policy Day Speaking at the 2020 Policy Day ...

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Forum explores private sector role in leveraging opportunities for food security

Alhaji Sabo Nanono

To achieve food security for the growing city population, integration between stakeholders in the government and private sectors needs to be enhanced through a sustainable system that ensures accessibility of data to relevant players along the value chain for proper financing of different segments in the agricultural sector. Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development This was a ...

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NABDA boss seeks more awareness creation on genetically modified crops

Prof. Felix Akpa

Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Alex Akpa, says more awareness creation will help in disabusing the minds of people opposed to Genetic Modification (GM) of crops and agricultural technology. Prof. Felix Akpa, Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Akpa said this in an interview in Abuja on Monday, August 24, 2020 while reacting to the negative views of some people against the ...

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Imperatives of deploying new technologies to boost food production

Alhaji Sabo Nanono

The World Economic Forum, in an article published on March 3, 2018, listed threats to global food production as poor harvests, droughts, floods among others. It suggests that the best way to boost food security is by investing in new technologies. Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development The Forum noted that small holder farmers and rural dwellers normally rely ...

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Farmers, scientists advocate use of biotechnology to boost food production

agricultural biotechnology

Following the impact of COVID-19 and banditry activities in the country, agriculturalists and scientists have advocated the use of biotechnology to be deployed to scale up food production in the country. Agricultural biotechnology involves the use of genetic engineering, molecular markers, diagnostics, vaccines, and tissue culture, to modify living organisms Some of the experts made this known during a webinar ...

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COVID-19: FAO warns over rise in hunger in Africa

Qu Dongyu

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned on the rising hunger in Africa, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Director-General of FAO, Qu Dongyu Abebe Haile-Gabriel, the organisation’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, said this in a statement on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Abuja. According to him, hunger is on the rise in all regions of Africa, ...

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