One out of three children in Nigeria is malnourished and around 45% of infant mortality is linked to malnutrition worldwide. FEMI IBIROGBA writes about the dual approaches of crop and food fortification to tackle the challenge.
FG set to achieve SDGs on poverty, hunger, says Audu Ogbeh
The Federal Government of Nigeria is working to transform its agricultural sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and hunger, attain food security and improve nutrition to promote sustainable agriculture. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, made this known at the opening ceremony of a three-day Feed the Future…
IITA, Washington varsity partner to tackle hunger, youth unemployment
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), are exploring possible areas of collaboration to address poverty, hunger, and youth unemployment in Africa. The plan is to leverage the strengths and expertise of the two institutions to solve vexing constraints to the continent’s development. The resolve for a…
AUN, UNHCR present inputs to Northeast displaced farmers
To avert incidence of food crisis predicted last year by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the American University of Nigeria (AUN), in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), has given out over N200m worth of farm inputs, to 10,000 Internally Displaced farmers in the Northeast region, in the last…
Don lists ways to stop fish importation
Unless the issue of environmental pollution and other factors troubling waters are addressed, Nigeria’s plan of providing sufficient fish, to stop reliance on importation will become a mirage. This was part of the findings of eminent hatchery management, aquatic pollution and toxicology expert, Prof. Bamidele Omitoyin who delivered the 440th and 14th in the series of inaugural…
Firm, foreign investor partner on cassava project in Enugu
A multi-million-dollar direct investment in cultivation of Cassava is set to commenced in Enugu State. This will be achieved through partnership between a Nigerian company and a foreign investor. A total of 11,000 hectares of cassava farms, in 22 locations of 500 hectares per cluster farm in the state is being targeted. Announcing the “Enugu…
Miriam Abbas: Lone female graduate from Kwarbaba
For Miriam Abbas, from Kwarbaba a settlement in Wurno Local Government Area (LGA) of Sokoto State, she remains till date the only University graduate from her town of over 5,000 human population. The 21 year-old-lady, fresh graduate of Computer Science from Sokoto State University believes that but for her education, she would have by now…
Importers, ministry officials are killing local fish industry, says CAFFAN
Fish farmers in Nigeria have raised the alarm that frozen fish importers and officials in the Department of Fishery, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, are sabotaging efforts to rev up local fish production.
How to start small-scale goat rearing
Goat is a small ruminant reared in various parts of the world. In African countries, including Nigeria, goats are kept by farmers and families especially in the rural areas. Goat breeds vary from location to location and in Nigeria the breeds that thrive in the North are different from those in the South.
Tackling challenges of youth involvement in agribusiness
Studies have shown that agribusiness is one of the most effective tools of fighting poverty, food shortage, hunger and unemployment.Over half of Nigeria’s population is estimated to be youths, and sadly enough, only a few see future in agriculture as most young people are averse to agriculture.
CBN interest rate on agric loans outrageous, says Ogbeh
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has criticized the nine percent interest rate on agricultural loans given to farmers under the Anchor Borrowers Scheme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), describing it as outrageous. Ogbeh, who spoke at the second conference of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project yesterday…
Dangers as charcoal production escalates heat radiation, food shortage, others
Concerned Nigerians have raised the alarm over dangers associated with wanton destruction of the forest in the names of charcoal production and other economic exploitations of the forest.