President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR (2nd Row), and Other Summit Delegates at the UN Headquarters in New York, United States Photo: UgamaTV

Nutrition Security: Buhari explains Nigeria’s food system at UN Summit

*President Muhammadu Buhari at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York, says Nigeria is committed to investing in food security and nutrition knowledge dissemination, skills development, and information management systems to enhance agricultural productivity, and inclusive food systems for greater access to food production

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In the current administration’s efforts at ensuring nutrition security, President Muhammadu Buhari has explained to the global audience the measures the Federal Government is taking to boost agricultural production in Nigeria.

ConsumerConnect reports the Nigerian President stated this Thursday, September 23, 2021, while participating in the Food Systems Summit (FSS), as part of the High-Level meetings of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in New York, United States (US).

Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement noted Buhari disclosed that Nigeria had developed a “food system focused development agenda that prioritises healthy diets and affordable nutrition, inclusive, efficient, resilient, and sustainable.”

According to him, the food system template “will contribute to rebuilding our economy, creating jobs, and spurring growth across sectors while sustaining our ecosystems.”

The plan, Buhari stated, was the outcome of a wide-range stakeholder engagement geared towards a better understanding of their food systems, experiences, and needs.

He said: “Following the recommendations from the dialogues and our plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within a decade, Nigeria is committed to investing in food security and nutrition knowledge dissemination, skills development, and information management systems to enhance agricultural productivity, building sustainable, responsive, and inclusive food systems, enhancing the productivity of smallholder farmers, and empowering women and youths for greater access to food production.”

According to him, the Nigerian Government intends to achieve this while strengthening climate mitigation strategies and conflict early warning systems that will reduce the stress and shock to the nation’s food systems.

Meanwhile, Buhari has applauded the initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for convening the Summit at this time.

President Buhari described the session as “a bold step towards achieving the 2030 global development agenda at a time COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant consequences are threatening progress.”

He further emphasised that the country would work to transform its food systems and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda.

Buhari said: “We hope to learn from and collaborate with member states that have grappled or are grappling with food systems concerns similar to ours.

“We especially support the emerging coalitions of actions and sustainable food systems.”

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