The Federal Government has said it is ready to partner Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to tackle Food and Nutrition Security, post-harvest losses among others.
The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Abubakar Kyari, made this known during a courtesy visit to his office by the Country Director GAIN, Dr. Micheal Ojo, in Abuja, recently.
According to him, food security was one priority and a mandate given to the ministry by the President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his Renewed Hope Agenda which focuses on Agriculture and Food Security as well as good nutrition.
In his words, “We were given the mandate to ensure that the country is food secured and we are ready to collaborate with partners to ensure its actualization and sustainability”.
The Minister emphasized that the current state of food security was threatened by issues of availability and affordability, stressing that malnutrition and rates of food inflation required that we work all year round to ensure increased food production while putting in place, measures to make food available, accessible, affordable and of the right nutrition on a sustainable basis.
He therefore urged the organization to participate in the forthcoming Agricultural Summit and requested for their document to be included in the Ministry’s document.
“Itshould be a workable and sustainable document for the benefit of the populace, he noted.
Earlier, the Country Director, GAIN, Dr. Micheal Ojo stated that the organization had enjoyed a good relationship with the Ministry over the years and hoped for its sustainability to transform the country’s food system.
He revealed that Food and Nutrition was a significant challenge for every Nigerian as over 90% of the population can’t afford healthy diet which results in malnutrition and sometimes loss of lives.
Dr. Ojo noted that their aim was to work and deliver a healthy diet to over 25% of the population around the world of which Nigeria was included, adding that the organization intended to collaborate with the Ministry in the area of food value chains such as maize, rice, cassava among others.
The Minister also received the delegation from Anhui Huayun Biotech Co. ltd led by the Managing Director, Mr. Wang Yun.
In his remarks, the Managing Director promised to give support to Nigeria in the area of Agriculture mechanization, irrigation systems such as solar pumps amongst others to tackle the challenges of food insecurity in the Country.