Adamawa Govt, FAO Agree To Address Food Insecurity

By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has expressed commitment to strengthen collaboration with Food And Agricultural Organization (FAO) to address food insecurity in the state and support peace building initiative between farmers and herdsmen for all year round Agricultural production.

Governor Fintiri noted that food insecurity is the most pressing security issue everybody is talking about, pointing out that absence of food security exacerbate other security issues.

Governor Fintiri who was represented by his Chief of Staff (CoS) Dr. Edger Amos, made this known when he granted audience to FAO representative in Nigeria and ECOWAS Dominque Koffy, in the Government House Yola, Thursday.

According to him, Adamawa State has all it takes to be food secured and appreciated the FAO for stepping in to assist the state in that regard.

He added that the state and its people are ready to put in efforts in that direction and called on the FAO to assist farmers with smart agricultural equipment like solar powered water pumps machine to enhance capacity of farmers to boost agricultural production.

Other areas, he identified that needed attention to support achieve food security is in the area of research and products like early maturing crops and livestock that are resilient to climate change and pest.

Also identified was the need for better storage facility and support for peace building initiative between farmers and herders for them to respect boundaries and as well complement each other.

He revealed that his administration has placed tremendous attention on Agriculture and will love to strengthen collaboration with the FAO to achieve it’s aims and objective in the sector.

Earlier, while unveiling his mission to the Government House, Yola, the FAO Country Representative, Dominque Koffy informed the Governor that he was in the state to strengthen collaboration with Government and the people to address the challenges of food insecurity.

He revealed that research has shown that West Africa has around 47 million of persons in food insecurity out of which analysis indicated that Nigeria’s food insecurity gulps around 26.5 million of persons in food insecurity.

The development according to him has touched the President who on his part declared in Nigeria, a state of emergency on food security. He said that the FAO is putting in efforts to support the federal and state Government to address the situation.

He maintained that his visit was to listen to the Government and the people in order to have first hand information of what the government and the people need to help the FAO have a better plan for the year 2024.

According him doing that will go a long way to achieving food sufficiency and support peace building initiative for all year round Agricultural activities.

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