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April 23rd, 2019 / Leadership, Nigeria

The heads of state and governments of Africa undertook concrete steps to eliminate hunger on the African continent by 2025 during the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The Malabo Declaration states that by 2025, no African should go to bed hungry, therefore one of the major strategies to meet the goal is for every country in Africa to commit 10 per cent of its national budget to agriculture.

Nigeria is a signatory to this declaration but as at date, a significant percentage of the nation’s population is still unable to meet their daily calorific needs due to non-affordability, inadequate mass food production, lack of storage and poor food distribution. Countries including Nigeria which are under pressure to produce more food for their growing populations have adopted the use of biotechnology in agriculture in order to increase productivity.

Generally, African leaders have shown interest in adopting modern agricultural biotechnology because of its potentials to address hunger, unemployment and wealth creation. Read more…