Nigeria, Other African Countries Tasked Over Food Security

 

 

By Time Nigeria

 

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has call on Nigeria and other African governments to implement policies that will contain the growing urban areas and meeting the increasing demand for food. This was contained in a release by FAO and made available to newsmen in Nigeria.

 

The publication, entitled Growing Greener Cities in Africa, stresses the importance of sustainable practices to meet nutrition needs such as urban market gardening, referring to the home, school, community and market gardens that produce fruits and vegetables in and around the cities of Nigeria and other countries in the continenet.

 

“The challenge of achieving a ‘zero hunger’ world – in which everyone is adequately nourished and all food systems are resilient – is as urgent in African cities as it is in rural areas,” FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Modibo Traoré, noted in the publication’s foreword.

 

He added that, “African policymakers need to act now to steer urbanisation from its current, unsustainable path towards healthy, ‘greener’ cities that ensure food and nutrition security, decent work and income, and a clean environment for all their citizens.”

 

The report, which draws on surveys and case studies from 31 countries across the African continent, found that market gardening in cities in 10 countries was already the single most important source of locally-grown fresh produce.

 

However, this practice has grown with little official recognition, regulation and support, and, in many cases, has become unsustainable as farmers are increasing the use of pesticides and polluted water.

 

To address this issue, the publication urges governments and city administrations to work together with growers, processors, suppliers, vendors and others to give market gardens and urban agriculture the political, logistical and educational support necessary for sustainable development.

 

One of the report’s recommendations advises policymakers to zone and protect land and water for market gardens, and encourage growers to adopt a farming model that will boost yields, while preserving natural resources by applying the right amount of pesticides, seeds and fertilisers.

 

The report also pointed out that greener measures are crucial if the continent is to sustain the strong economic growth it has recorded over the past decade, and notes that while it has led to rapid urbanisation, many people are still facing poverty in urban areas

 

About Time Nigeria

Abdul Rahman Aliagan is an Abuja-based seasoned Journalist who has spanned over a decade in the profession. My flare for Investigation has earned me a niche and more on the profession. Presently, I am the National Publicity Secretary, Guide of Investigative Journalists, an umbrella body for the curious journalists in Nigeria. I am a student of History from the Better By Far University, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, I was born in late 70s. I started my Journalistic career with The Herald Newspaper, in 1997 and moved my career to Funtua, Katsina State as a Media Assistant to a Non-Governmental Organization, Pan-African Development Education and Advocacy Programme (PADEAP) where I later joined the service of Newspeg Newspaper as a Senior Correspondent and became the pioneer Editor as it transformed to Magazine. However, close to two decades uninterrupted experiences gave birth to Time Nigeria Magazine that is setting Economic and political pace for the most populated country in African continent, Nigeria.

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