NABG, and others promote climate-smart agriculture to fight poverty

By Pranali Mehta  | Date: 2022-07-09

NABG, and others promote climate-smart agriculture to fight poverty

The Nigerian AgriBusiness Group (NABG), along with other stakeholders in the agriculture sector are working on different pathways to deploy climate-smart agriculture with the aim of improving crop yield, generating employment, and battling poverty in Nigeria.

The recent move was discussed in a two-day stakeholders’ workshop that mainly focussed on the development of a national framework to support the climate-smart agriculture initiative started in Abuja recently, centered around ‘cleaner, safer, rewarding agriculture’.

The primary objective of the program is to promote Agribusiness Advocacy for the initiatives led by smallholder farmers, coined as SSPs project.

Funded by the Bill Gates Foundation, the three-year program is in line with the Policy Advocacy initiative, which is designed to accelerate the scale and inclusion of Nigerian smallholder farmers (SMF) and strengthen the food security in the country.

Speaking on the focused effort, Emmanuel Ijewere, President of NABG mentioned that the climate-smart agriculture concept is vital considering the dramatic change in the global climate which has driven nations to undertake climate-focused responsibilities and targets.

According to Emmanuel, the key questions that need to be addressed include how to improve soil quality, increase yield, improve environmental conditions, and reduce the poverty to ensure food security for the people of Nigeria and help diversify the country’s economy.

Aiming to create a sustainable agriculture framework, the program will open employment opportunities for the Nigerian youth to work and reduce reliance on imported food, while ensuring that the cultivated land is used efficiently through technology.

Lack of efficiency while using land is urging Nigerians to incorporate technology, training, and knowledge and identify agriculture as the future of Nigeria since 70% of the country’s population is employed in the agriculture sector.

Moreover, it is an attempt of NABG to support people in the midst of growing insecurity and encourage Nigerians to focus on food production as a counterstrategy to overcome the country’s food insecurity issues.

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