The United Nations on Tuesday launched a 9-million-U.S.-dollar food security project in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kaduna, aimed at improving productivity, enhancing nutrition and reducing food loss through the adoption of more sustainable production practices.

The project, tagged “Food Africa,” is expected to scale up food security in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa and ensure improved food sufficiency, particularly in Nigeria.

Edward Kallon, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator, told reporters the project was “an innovative approach aimed at revamping the food sector to create new jobs for young people and also increase farmers revenue.”

The project would be implemented in partnership with various UN agencies, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals Fund (UN SDG-F) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Nigeria is currently facing food insufficiency due to factors such as reliance on rain-fed agriculture, increase in food prices and climate change.

According to Kallon, the private sector was the engine room for actualizing the SDGs.

He said collaboration between the government, private sector, and UN agencies would facilitate efforts to achieve the targets of the project.

The UN official noted Nigeria had a growing population with an increasing demand for food.

“To feed this expanded population nutritiously and sustainably, much more efforts and innovation are needed to make substantial improvements to the food system,” he said.

Local experts have said the project would help promote sustainability and replicable integrated solutions to agro-food value chain development, youth employment, and poverty alleviation issues.

Officials said the project would be replicated in other states of the country and across Africa to achieve food security. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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