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Nigeria not at crossroads over food security, says Gidado

Dr Rose Gidado

Coordinator of the Open Forum for Biotechnology (OFAB) in Nigeria and an Assistant Director at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Dr Rose Gidado, has faulted claims by the duo of The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) and Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) that Nigeria is at a crossroad in the struggle for sustainable agriculture, safe food, biosafety ...

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How smallholder farmers can food secure Africa

Amira Gornass

One of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to “End hunger, achieve food security and adequate nutrition for all, and promote sustainable agriculture.” Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa number around 33 million, representing 80% of all farms in the region, thereby contributing up to 90% of food production in some sub-Saharan African countries. These facts state the importance of this group of farmers in ...

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How drought worsens food insecurity in Southern Africa


An estimated 41 million people – 23 per cent – of the 181 million rural population in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are food insecure, and out of this figure, more than 21 million are in urgent need of assistance. This is according to the latest Vulnerability Assessment Results released at the 10th SADC Meeting of Regional Vulnerability Assessment ...

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GEF/UNDP scheme fosters resilience, tackles food insecurity

Hajia Salamatu Garba

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has commenced the implementation of a programme aimed at promoting the sustainable management and resilience of ecosystems as a means to address food insecurity. Titled “Fostering Resilience and Sustainability for Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa”, the project involves states in the nation’s North East, North West ...

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Food security and sustainable agriculture – a hanging fruit?


Nigeria, with over 170 million people, is one of the most populated countries in Africa. Before the oil boom, the economy was known to thrive excellently on agriculture and it was no wonder the Naira was able to rub shoulders with western currencies. But, with the emergence of crude oil and the “pot of gold” that came with it, agriculture, ...

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Southern Africa prepares for El Niño impact

Barbara Lopi

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) secretariat on Thursday (February 25, 2016) convened a two-day multi-sectoral stakeholder consultative meeting to develop a regional preparedness and response strategy to address the impacts of El Niño on Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security in Southern Africa. The El Niño phenomenon is caused by warmer than average sea surface temperatures in the eastern ...

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Food security concerns as cocoyam disappears in Arochukwu


Cocoyam, a root crop, for many years served as a major source of revenue for rural women in the ancient town of Arochukwu in Abia State. But, of recent, the crop has disappeared, thus triggering off food insecurity concerns and threat to livelihood among the predominantly farming populace. Though a remote town, with access roads in a poor state, Arochukwu parades ...

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Media not connecting climate change, migration, food security, says IFAD report

SG Meeting

Top news media are failing to identify climate change as a contributor to some of the world’s biggest crises, including migration, food insecurity and conflict, says a new research report funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and presented at the 21st UNCCD Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris on Friday. “The media, whether local or global, are ...

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GEF-UNDP scheme to develop resilience to food security

Female farmer

Fresh hopes have emerged for Nigeria’s floundering agricultural sector, thanks to a new initiative being promoted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is tagged the “GEF-UNDP Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Nigeria.” According to project officials, the scheme will contribute to the enhancement of long-term environmental sustainability and resilience ...

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Biotechnology: Why Nigeria can’t afford to be left out

Professor Lucy Ogbadu

Director General/CEO, National Biotechnology Development Agency, Professor Lucy Ogbadu, insists that Biotechnology has been used for more than two decades without a single, documented safety concern, and that Nigeria cannot afford to be left out in the global agricultural biotechnology revolution Nigerian scientists in the field of Biosciences at this particular time in our history are delighted that their nation ...

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