Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

WFD: Lagos urges collaboration between stakeholders, investors on food security

*Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says state government is encouraging increased investment, empowerment of women and youths in agricultural sector

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As an adjunct to its current efforts at encouraging increased investment and empowerment of women and youths in agriculture, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has urged stakeholders and private investors to join hands with the state government to increase food production and ensure food security in Nigeria.

ConsumerConnect reports Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who stated this at the 2020 World Food Day (WFD) Celebration titled, “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together”, Sunday, October 18 in Lagos, reiterated his administration’s commitment to attainment of food security objective of the state.

Represented on the occasion Ms. Abisola Olusanya, Acting Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Sanwo-Olu noted that the state government is encouraging increased investment and empowerment of women and youths in the agricultural sector of the state economy.

The state government stated this measure is designed to increase food production, create employment opportunities, alleviate poverty and boost income generation.

The governor said: “We are committed to ensuring steady and sustainable increase in food production through the various policies being implemented.

“As well as programmes being driven by partnerships and collaborations, such as the National FADAMA Development Project and Agro-Processing, Productivity, Enhancing and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS).

“I am glad to note that these policies and programmes are yielding positive outcomes through positive impact on the livelihood of beneficiaries, especially the rural dwellers as well as the empowerment of women and youths along the agricultural value chains.”

Human survival is hinged largely on the agricultural sector, as it is the source of food supply needed for the effective functioning of human body system, stated Sanwo-Olu.

He noted “this event we are celebrating highlights our administration’s strategic support and assistance both in addressing emerging challenges and in promoting far-reaching interventions to guarantee food security in Lagos State.

“One of such support is the Eko City Farmers’ Market aimed at enhancing the agricultural supply value chains by connecting all the agriculture and agricultural based products with their markets in a well organised, high quality market environment to meet the citizens’ ever increasing demand for fresh farm produce.”

Sanwo-Olu stated that World Food Day has been recognised by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to raise awareness on the issues of hunger and shortage of food supply in the world.

It equally highlights efforts being made by governments, institutions, organisations and individuals to mitigate the issues of poverty, hunger and malnutrition among others, he stressed.

The governor said: “This year has been an exceptional year with the COVID-19 pandemic and as such, this year’s World Food Day celebration is indeed special as the need for adequate food supply and proper storage of food for times of emergencies cannot be over emphasised.

“According to World Food Programme (WFP), it is projected that if the current trend continues unchecked, the number of hungry people globally would increase to 840 million by 2030, hence the importance of the theme of this year’s celebration, “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together”.

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