Nigeria’s untapped agricultural potential could help food security and economic growth USAID

USAID/Nigeria Deputy Mission Director Sara Werth says untapped agricultural potential can help achieve food security and economic growth in the country.

Werth said so at the launch of the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy (NATIP) in Abuja on Friday.

He said agriculture was of strategic importance to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy, adding that agriculture contributed more than 25 percent to gross domestic product by 2020.

USAID’s deputy mission director said the new policy was a conscious effort by the government of Nigeria to leverage knowledge and good agricultural practices to accelerate agricultural development.

Werth said it would provide a roadmap to some of the most pressing challenges facing the agricultural sector.

He added that the policy outlined opportunities to attract public and private investment in agriculture and agribusiness to modernize the industry.

According to him, this coordinated approach will together lead to a diversified economy that guarantees access to nutritious food, growth and jobs.

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He said the policy came at a critical time as Nigeria and the world faced the worst food security crisis in years.

“Food, fuel and fertilizer prices have risen sharply over the past year. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is exacerbating the problem and we are now seeing evidence of a growing global food crisis,” he said.

dr. Bedru Balana, acting head of the party, Feed the Future Nigeria Agriculture Policy Activity and Research Fellow International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)-Nigeria, said the policy would guide efforts to improve food and nutrition security in Nigeria .

“As a long-term collaborative partner and extensively involved in the development of the NATIP, we are thrilled to support this launch event.”

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