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FAO lauds Nigeria for rural transformation, sustainable development

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has commended Nigeria for taking the right steps to address slow and negative trends in rural transformation and sustainable development.

FAO Representative, Fred Kafeero, said this yesterday at the Hand-in-Hand Initiative (HIH) Technical Task Team Progress Review Meeting, in Abuja

He said the overall objective of the Initiative is to contribute to the elimination of extreme poverty, hunger and all forms of malnutrition and the reduction of inequality in Nigeria.

He said this will come through accelerated agricultural and food systems transformation and promoting sustainable rural development through spatially differentiated investments by promoting progress to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 1 and 2).

“These goals are the foundational objectives of the 2030 agenda. The HIH contributes to the attainment of all the other SDGs.

“The initiative prioritises countries where national capacities and international support are limited, including the Small Island Developing States, and Least Developed States.”

He said enhancing country ownership and leadership is a foundational objective of the Initiative, which works through a networked “One FAO” approach globally.

The overall objective of the Initiative is to contribute to the elimination of extreme poverty, hunger and all forms of malnutrition and the reduction of inequality in Nigeria.

Kafeero added that this arose from creating centres of excellence within FAO, such as the HIH Geospatial Platform, the Data Lab, and the Investment Centre at the headquarters.

“This is to mobilise the means of implementation that includes access to markets, technology, innovation, capacity development, institutional and policy reform, best humanitarian and resilience approach as well as finance and investment.

“This Initiative in Nigeria adopted a twin-track approach as humanitarian and resilience, aiming to create, sustain, improve livelihoods to withstand shocks in focus areas within the country and value chain development,” he said.

Also speaking, Senior National Consultant at the FAO, Dr Mu’azu Abdulkadir, said the HIH seeks to accelerate agricultural transformation and sustainable rural development with the objective of eradicating poverty, hunger and all forms of malnutrition and reducing inequalities.

Abdulkadir said the aim of the Initiative is to build partnership collaborations and synergies amongst government and private sector development.

According to him, Nigeria is one of five countries being supported by the FAO for the implementation of HIH, which is shaped along development and humanitarian actions.

In his contribution, Assistant Director at the FAO, Abubakar Suleiman,  said the target is  to achieve sustainable enabling infrastructure, environment and market accessibility for the production and commercialisation of focused agricultural produce.

He said this will accelerate agricultural and rural transformation stakeholder consultation to identify key constraints that could impede the realisation of identified potentials. (NAN)

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