Category “Nigeria”

Indigenous vegetables ‘boost food security in Nigeria’

Indigenous vegetables grown by rural farmers in Africa have the potential to improve food security, nutrition and incomes on the continent, researchers in Nigeria say.

In a paper presented on underutilised vegetables project in Nigeria during the Research to Feed Africa Symposium in Naivasha, Kenya, last month (23-27 June), the researchers note that research systems have failed to prioritise indigenous vegetable species despite their immense potential.

The researchers say they selected six underused indigenous vegetables— African nightshade, eggplant, scarlet eggplant, local celery, fluted pumpkin and local amaranth — based on their food values, consumer acceptability, marketing potential and amenability to agronomic practices.

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Nigeria: Gates Foundation to Boost Healthcare, Agriculture in North-East

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has agreed to boost primary healthcare and agriculture in Borno State and other states in the North-east area of the country, it was revealed Monday.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Communications to the state Governor Kashim Shettima, Alhaji Isa Gusau, disclosed that the foundation established by the world’s richest man, Mr. Bill Gates, on Sunday, after a special appeal made by the state, agreed to accord accelerated support to the state and other parts of North-east area on primary healthcare and agriculture.

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Nigeria: UK Set to Offer Technical Support to Kwara’s Agriculture Revolution

The United Kingdom Trade and Investment has concluded arrangements to offer technical support on agriculture to Kwara State to enable the state meet best practices for entry into the international market.

The Senior Trade Development Manger of UK Trade and Investment, Miss Judy Melifonwu, disclosed this in Ilorin on Monday during an interaction with the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.

She described Kwara State as the agriculture hub of Nigeria. According to her: “The UK Trade Investment would ensure good agricultural practices to reduce waste of agriculture produce.”

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Nigeria: Former Agric Minister Wants FG to Reinvest Oil Wealth in Agriculture

A former Minister of Agriculture, Dr Shetima Mustapha, has advised the Federal Government to reinvest the nation’s oil wealth in agriculture as a way of creating employment for the youth.

Mustapha gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday. According to him, agriculture is a sector that cannot be exhausted if its potential is properly harnessed.

He said that it was only agricultural sector that had the capacity to absorb the teeming unemployed youths by providing a platform for mass food production for the populace.

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Nigeria: Business Booms At World Bank-Assisted Abattoir in Kaduna

The Kaduna Modern Chicken Abattoir was built by the World Bank several years ago. To ensure that good work was done, officials of the bank brought the contractor and supervised the project to its completion, including generator installation.

This abattoir has gone a long way in meeting the needs of Kaduna residents and visitors alike as people visit there for suya; roasted, fried chicken, as well as other edibles, usually garnished with pepper and other condiments. It is also a ready market for people who wish to give their families a good treat and those who want to entertain important visitors.

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Nigeria: CADP – Moving Farming to Profitable Business

Impressive progress in agricultural science and food production has helped significantly in feeding the world’s growing population over the past 30 years.

However, major challenges remain. Of the 5.1 billion people who live in the developing world, 1.2 billion still confront the ravages of poverty on daily basis.

According to a report by International Food policy Research Institute (IFPRI), about 800 million are food insecure while 170million children under five are malnourished.

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Nigeria: Infrastructure Development Crucial for Sustainable Agriculture – NESG

Infrastructure development and building strong institution to support agriculture in Nigeria, as well as change in present state of land use and right have been identified as some of the factors necessary for sustainable agriculture in the country.

This was part of submissions made by participants at the sustainable agriculture business principles stakeholders’ consultation put together by Nigeria Economic Summit Group, NESG in conjunction with United Nation’s Global Compact in Lagos.

Other factors identified by the participants that needed to be paid attention to include: yield and productivity, workers’ rights, optimal use of soil and water, women rights and gender equality, climate change, managing waste, biodiversity, protecting children and energy efficiency.

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