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FG, IOFS Converge To Address Food Security

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Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) , in collaboration with the Islamic Organistion for Food Security (IOFS), converged in Abuja, to address the global issue of Food Security and Agricultural Development in the world, particularly among member states.

Speaking during the Workshop held in Abuja recently, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe said that the Workshop on Strategic Planning and Policy Development in Food Security will provide opportunity for dialogue and discourse on achieving a strategic food reserve system, increase production, mobilise resources as well as Food and Nutrition Security among members.

The Minister said that Nigeria had been selected by the IOC to serve as hub for food grain storage for its member countries.

Shehuri noted that the selection was apt as the country already had over 36 strategic grain reserves across the country, adding that some had been concessioned while seven were under the supervision and control of the Ministry.

He pointed out that Nigeria had largely demonstrated firm belief in the principles and objectives that established the Organization through the implementation of several initiatives in line with the IOFS Action Plan as conceived during the 40th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Conakry, Republic of Guinea in 2013.

Shehuri stated that the Islamic Organization for Food Security was a specialized institution of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IOC), an Inter-Governmental Organization that was established in 1964 and Nigeria became a member in 1986 as well as member of Agriculture Working Group in 2017.

The Minister revealed that the IOFS had not deviated from the core principle to provide expertise and technical know-how to Member States on aspects of sustainable agriculture and Rural Development in addressing current issues threatening food security in the world, particularly in the Africa region.

He emphasized that the country was open to direct investments in the Agriculture Sector to leverage on the gains achieved through diversification policy of President Muhammadu Buhari led Government. He, therefore charged participants to proffer solutions to the current food security challenges at the end of the workshop.

In his remarks, the Director General, Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS), Yerlan Baidulet said that the objective of the workshop was to build the capacity of government officials on basics and practices of strategy development, legislation improvement, creation of government inter- sectorial mechanisms on food security.

He added that the organization would ensure that food system were capable of addressing the problems of access to food and adequate nutrition.

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