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May 27, 2024

20th Anniversary:BATN Foundation Pledges Increased Support for Rural Farming Communities

The British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary with a commitment to supporting rural farming communities across the country.

During a press conference in Lagos, the board chairman, Adebisi Lamikanra, emphasized the foundation’s dedication to addressing food security challenges in Nigeria.

Lamikanra noted that since its establishment in 2002, the foundation has been empowering rural farmers and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. Over the past two decades, the organization has significantly contributed to Nigeria’s agricultural sector development, aiming to solve food insecurity problems and improve rural communities’ livelihoods.

“We are aware of the challenges facing our nation regarding food availability and security. The food inflation in the country has undermined our farmers’ efforts,” she said.

“In response, we remain steadfast in our commitment to making a tangible and lasting impact. Through strategic initiatives and unwavering dedication, we have continued to touch the lives of millions.”

Yarub Al-Bahrani, a board member of the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation, disclosed that the foundation has invested N4bn in rural farming over the past two decades.

Al-Bahrani highlighted that the foundation has provided agronomic best practices to over 3,000 rural farmers, indirectly benefiting over 1.7 million people.

In her address, Odiri Erewa-Meggison, another board member, outlined plans to plant 30,000 trees in the coming years and expand partnerships to support youth, women, and children.”

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