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IFAD Deepens Collaboration with Nigeria to improve Food, Nutrition Security

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is committed to working with Nigeria to improve food security and nutrition for its citizens,  Dr. Donald Brown, Associate Vice President of IFAD, Rome, has said.

Speaking during a press briefing on Saturday, Dr. Brown highlighted the pivotal role of collaboration in addressing Nigeria’s pressing agricultural challenges.

Reflecting on a recent visit to Enugu State, where the Value Chain Development Project (VCP) showcased promising results, Dr. Brown commended the vibrant farmers’ fair and engaged in fruitful discussions with Nigerian leaders, including the Vice President and key ministers. These dialogues underscored the government’s unwavering commitment to addressing critical issues like inflation and food security.

“Despite not being a humanitarian agency,” Dr. Brown said, “IFAD remains dedicated to collaborating with rural communities and smallholder farmers to enhance food security and agricultural resilience. With a substantial portfolio and plans for future investments, IFAD is poised to make a significant impact in Nigeria’s agricultural landscape.”

Dr. Brown emphasized the importance of a strong partnership between IFAD and the Nigerian government. He highlighted ongoing discussions to design initiatives aimed at bolstering food production, enhancing value chains, and promoting climate adaptation. Projects in the northern and Delta regions have already shown promising results, particularly in youth entrepreneurship.

On the Nigerian side, Dr. Yaya Olaniran, Permanent Representative of Nigeria in Rome, underscored the importance of collaboration among agencies to address the country’s challenges effectively.

He commended the government’s commitment to initiatives like the Value Chain Development Project. However, he emphasized the need for collective action to overcome obstacles. Dr. Olaniran reiterated his commitment to advocating for Nigeria’s interests and fostering support from IFAD colleagues.

Both Dr. Brown and Dr. Olaniran expressed confidence in Nigeria’s ability to overcome challenges and emerge stronger. With unity, determination, and renewed hope, IFAD and Nigeria are poised to make significant strides in combating food insecurity and fostering sustainable development across the nation.

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