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APDA urges FG to upscale food security issues

The All Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) has called on the Federal Government to upscale the issue of food security to make it more meaningful to Nigerians. Alhaji Shitu Mohammed, presidential candidate of APDA, made this known on Sunday while speaking to newsmen in Minna.

He said that this would require improvement in the nutrient value of the food for Nigerians instead of only making it available.

Shitu said that the present administration has put in place strong measures to make Nigerians feed themselves with what they grow but more is needed to sustain it.

‘’It is a fact that the federal government has to a large extent put to practice the campaign to make Nigerians consume what they grow. And a lot of farmers and Nigerians have also benefited and were empowered by this programme.

‘’However, our party feels that Nigerians deserve more than just food. Apart from the raw food other ingredients must be made available to complement it. This is an all encompassing issue.

‘’The government need to give priority to other aspects like in the areas of tomatoes, onions, fish, pepper among others. These things may sound trivial to elite, but these are things that affect the common Nigerian.

‘’As a national democratic party, APDA urge all parties to ensure that the small and big issues affecting every Nigerian are looked at holistically towards giving citizens a new lease of life,’’ he said.

Mohammed said that making this food issue a priority would further open new horizon of economic diversification as well as a new export opportunity for the ordinary Nigerians.

He added that a new thread of thought was necessary to get Nigerian out of the wood of economic challenges in spite of its vast resources.

“Nigeria has been identified as the giant of Africa. To maintain this we need to open new ideas for the continent. Agriculture is a sure bet to do this with our vast land mass.

‘’It will be an advantage for the Federal Government to take a more serious decision on the issue of importation of food items that we produce locally.

‘’It will be wise to place complete ban on the importation of items such as rice, tomato of all types, chicken, maize, groundnut, wheat. We can sustain this for three years at first instance.

‘’When we do this other African countries will copy our style and achieve the revolution of food sufficiency for the whole of the African peoples,’’ Mohammed said.

He added that micro ideas rather than big ones would take the country out of its doldrums of copying foreign policies to policies that are Nigerian and for Nigerians.

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Gulf of Guinea Strategic to Food Security – Peterside — Economic Confidential

Gulf of Guinea Strategic to Food Security – Peterside — Economic Confidential

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Gulf of Guinea Strategic to Food Security – Peterside

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stressed the importance of the Gulf of Guinea to food security to the West and Central African sub-region stating that the region must be properly secured to avert illegal activities that may hamper food supply in the African region.
The Director General stated this at the seminar on the State of Food Security Assured by the Seas of West and Central Africa and The Perspectives on The Blue Economy in Member States of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) organised by NIMASA in conjunction with the GGC in Lagos.
Dr. Dakuku who was represented at the event by the Agency’s Executive Director Finance and Administration Mr Bashir Jamoh said that the Gulf of Guinea which is a major shipping route must be properly guarded if the countries of the region are to properly harness the blue economy for economic growth.
According to him, “the Gulf of Guinea, aside being a major shipping route, is also home for many aquatic species and so the countries of the region must do everything to safeguard the region from illegal fishing, piracy and other activities that may affect the food chain”
Speaking further, the NIMASA DG said that NIMASA knows the importance of the region to the African continent and that is the major reason the Agency has continuously championed collaborations amongst member states in order to develop the continent’s blue economy through sustainable shipping.
He said that this seminar will also assist participating countries to better understand the blue economy and how to properly harness the inherent potentials of the African maritime sector.
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Ambassador Florentina Adenike Ukonga commended the leadership of NIMASA for the role the Agency is playing in ensuring safety of lives and property in the region.
She said the Commission decided to have a seminar on the blue economy to promote sustainable shipping in the region.
It would be recalled that the Gulf of Guinea Commission was established by the treaty signed in Libreville, Gabon on July 3, 2001 by Nigeria, Angola, Gabon as well as Sao Tome and Principe. The seminar was the second in the series organised by the Commission to enlighten member states on the advantages of sustainable shipping.

Al-Sumait Prize for African Development in Food Security 2019 ($1,000,000 USD prize)

Al-Sumait Prize for African Development in Food Security 2019 ($1,000,000 USD prize)

Al-Sumait Prize for African Development in Food Security 2019 ($1,000,000 USD prize)

Applications are open for the Al-Sumait Prize for African Development 2019. The prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions who through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement to economic and social development in Africa.

The subject for the 2019 prize is Food Security. Research projects or initiatives must have made significant advancement within one or more of the following areas of Food Security on the African Continent:

  • Developing new varieties of seeds, crops or livestock which can improve the food security of the poor population in Africa by increasing the calorific and nutritional value of food produced and consumed domestically
  • Provision of medical staff for the national health care systems (physicians, paramedics and nursing), medicine, pharmaceutical and medical equipment
  • Improving farmers’ access to agricultural inputs, techniques, technologies and markets so as to increase the availability of staple products which form a core part of the diet of the poorest people in Africa
  • Improving farmers’ resilience to climate change and extreme weather conditions
  • Improving marketing and adopting modern business strategies
  • Addressing issues relevant to gender equity in the field of the Prize
  • The prize has a value of $1,000,000 USD.
  • The nominated candidates’ research work or projects and initiatives must be innovative and must have achieved high-impact in line with international standards for the prize;
  • The submitted work must be of paramount importance in promoting significant economic, social, human resources and infrastructure development in the African continent within the announced field of the prize;
  • Submitted research work of a nominated candidate should be composed of studies and applied research, published in referred journals and recognized at a global level within the announced field. The research outcomes need to have been applied after publication in African countries within the past ten Adequate supporting evidence needs to be provided;
  • Nominations are to be accepted from institutions and scientific centers (universities, institutes and centers of scientific research) as well as from competent regional or international and UN organizations and awards and former winners in the field of the prize or former evaluation members Nominations will only be accepted through institutions or other possible nominators mentioned above;
  • All submissions must be submitted in English. If the work is carried out in other working UN languages, a comprehensive summary of the nominated work in English must be submitted.

Fill in the prize nomination form and send it along with the scientific production works electronically in PDF format via CD, DVD, Flash Memory or via the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) Prizes Office email [email protected]

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