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FG, USAID Partner To Boost Agricultural Productivity 

FG, USAID Partner To Boost Agricultural Productivity 

Princess-Ekwi Ajide

The federal government of Nigeria has partnered the United States government, to unveil a five-year Global Food Security Strategic Country Plan to boost the country’s agricultural productivity and drive agro-economic growth.

Through this Country Plan, the U.S. government will build sustainable food systems, promote innovation, and advance trade to break the vicious cycle of poverty and hunger.

It is expected to adopt a market system approach to achieve three overarching goals, which include to increase the productivity and competitiveness of horticulture, maize, and rice value chains; enhance the capacities of vulnerable households to respond to shocks; and improve access to nutritious and high-quality foods.

Speaking at the launch in Abuja, the Minister of state for agriculture and food security, Aliyu Abdullah, assured that the ministry is working to uphold the visionary leadership of the President Tinubu led administration aimed at transforming Nigerian agriculture into a very sustainable food system

He said they have initiated several programmes this year that will enable them know who farmers are, their skills, what the gaps are and what could be done to support them so that they can do what they are already doing much better.

The Minister of state, urged stakeholders in the agricultural sector to support the Ministry in order to overcome challenges and ensure a successful intervention despite time constraints.

US Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, David Greene, had earlier, expressed US government’s commitment to resolving pressing issue of food security in Nigeria.

He disclosed that the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, had invested almost $200 million dollars in agriculture in the last five years to improve food security and build households in eleven states of Adamawa, Benue, Borno, Cross-River, Delta, Ebonyi, Gombe, Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger, and Yobe.

According to Greene, for ideas to grow and drive economic development, the Nigerian government must create an enabling environment that supports private sector-led growth and entrepreneurship.

In her remarks, USAID/Nigeria Deputy Mission Director Sara Werth, said, the World Food Programme estimates that 26.5 million Nigerians are projected to face acute hunger during this year’s lean season which is a staggering increase of nearly 19 million people from last year.

She said, they are planting seeds of change with the launch as Nigeria, like many nations, is grappling with the growing challenge of food insecurity with a food inflation rate of over 35 percent and a spike in the cost-of-living, hence millions of Nigerians found themselves in the throes of hardship, struggling to put basic meals on the table.

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