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Nigeria needs to increase food Production by 70 Percent

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has said that food production would have to increase by 70 per cent to feed a population of nine billion people by 2050.

The Director-General, Jacques Diouf,while delivering a message at the World Food Day with the theme: “United Against Hunger,” highlighted the need to launch a new green revolution, while emphasising that the task of increasing food production was a job for everyone.

Diouf stated that collaboration among international organisations plays a key strategic role in directing global efforts to reach the international hunger reduction goals. ” It is only by working together that we can realise our common objective,” he stressed.

According to him, “Food security exists when all people at all times, have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”

He warned that access to food for the most needy, must be assured with well targeted social safety net programmes such as school feeding, employment guarantee schemes, cash transfers and pensions.