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Buhari to attend Dakar International conference on Agriculture

President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to depart Lagos for Senegal tomorrow (Tuesday) to attend the 2nd edition of Dakar International Conference on Agriculture.

A statement says the high-level Dakar 2 Summit, hosted by President Macky Sall of Senegal and the Chairperson of the African Union, is holding under the theme, Feeding Africa: Food Sovereignty and Resilience.

The conference, which seeks to create favourable conditions towards achieving food security in Africa, is convened jointly by the government of Senegal and the African Development Bank.

The statement, signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, says there will also be side meetings to discuss agreements on the delivery of food and agricultural products in some countries, including Nigeria.

With Africa accounting for 249 million or a third of the 828 million hungry people in the world, the summit, to be attended by African Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Finance and Agriculture, as well as several global development partners, is expected to make commitments on eradicating hunger in Africa by 2030.

The President’s delegation is made up of ministers and relevant top government officials, including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, the National Security Adviser, retired Major General Babagana Monguno, and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

President Buhari is expected back in the country on Wednesday, January 25.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino