Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Akinwumi Adesina attended G8 Food Security and Nutrition events this weekend where Nigeria was announced as a partner country in the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.
The alliance is a G8 initiative to catalyse private-sector investment in African agriculture.
Speaking at the New Alliance meeting as the representative of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Adesina noted that inclusion in this global partnership of G8 nations and private sector partners will help Nigeria achieve its Agricultural Transformation Agenda to create 3.5 million new jobs, and provide over N300 billion (US$2 billion) of additional income for Nigerian farmers.
“We have bold targets for Nigeria’s agriculture transformation and the world is noticing,” Adesina said.
He also said that Nigeria’s inclusion in this initiative is backed by all the G8 countries.
“Nigerian agribusinesses and major multinationals will leverage our domestic resources to deliver on our country’s agricultural promise.
“We are already seeing results from bold policy reforms, donor country support and private sector commitments. “This is our moment.
The New Alliance will ultimately help Nigerian farmers and agribusiness to sustain this momentum.” As one of the newest members of the New Alliance, Nigeria will be a strong advocate for substantive initiatives to improve agricultural production and incomes, focusing attention on empowering women farmers.
The country’s new partnership will continue to drive the imperative to reduce food import bill, promote domestic and regional markets, and create jobs across the entire value chain?
This will ultimately keep the country on track to meet its agriculture target of increasing food production by 20 million metric tonnes of food for 2015. “Nigeria believes that agriculture is a business and that the role of government is to provide an environment that enables the private sector to succeed,” Adesina said.
“What joins all our food policies is the imperative to reduce our import food bill, promote domestic and regional markets, and create jobs across the entire food value chain.”