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President Buhari harps on food security

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is committed to sustaining food security and sufficiency.

The President stated this at the Food Systems Summit of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, that Nigeria had developed a food system that prioritized healthy diets, safe ecosystem, and sustainable economy.

The President said the plan was the outcome of a wide range stakeholder-engagement geared towards a better food security systems in the country.

On the plan of the federal government to lift a 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within a decade, the President said Nigeria was investing in skills development, and information management to enhance agricultural productivity.

President Buhari emphasized the need to enhance the productivity of smallholder farmers, empower women and youths for massive food production.

President Buhari commended the initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for convening the Summit, calling it a bold step towards achieving the 2030 Global Development Agenda, amidst Covid-19 pandemic and attendant consequences.

President Buhari said Nigeria would collaborate with member states that had grappled or experiencing food systems concerns similar to that of Nigeria.

Reporting by Bello Wakili/Abdullah Bello, edited by Adeniyi Bakare