The Food For All Initiative (FFAI) has said that with about 70 per cent of Nigeria population insecure, the nation is at risk of remaining in the cadre of world’s poorest country.
Speaking at a public lecture organised by the FFAI at the House of Chiefs, State Secretariat, Ibadan Oyo State, yesterday, Executive Director of the organisation, Pastor Segun Adio, said that if women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry people in the world would be reduced by 150 million.
“The mission of this organisation is to contribute to the overall development of individuals and families. Our submission is that government should make effort to build model farms, make accessible government land to the youth that are interested in agriculture, loan should be made available to young farmers, buying of agricultural produce by government from young farmers so as to encourage continuity and release of tractor at low cost by the local government,” he said.
The guest speaker, Professor Victor Okoruwa of the Department of Agriculture Economics, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, noted that agriculture is important because it stimulates economic growth and reduces unemployment.