The Federal Government and other stakeholders has reviewed the progress made under the New Alliance co-operative on the commitments made to improve agricultural investments, food and nutrition security under the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
Speaking at a validation workshop on the New Alliance Report on Tuesday, 25th August, 2015, at the Reiz Continental Hotel, Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Arc. Sonny Echono, stated that the New Alliance is a collaborated approach geared towards developing the agricultural sector of the Nigerian economy.
Arc. Echono who was represented by Director, Special Duties in the Ministry, Mrs. Ademola Abiri said the Nigerian Government made policy reform commitments and the private sector made commitments on the level of agricultural investments in medium terms. He added that Development partners on their part made funding commitments on medium term, while the Civil Society was expected to ensure that all the commitments reflect the views of the intended beneficiaries.
The Permanent Secretary disclosed that under the partnership the government is committed to 13 major policy actions in the areas of seed and fertilizer, while the key development partners are committed to funding equivalent to about US $500 Million for Nigeria’s agriculture sector in the 2013 – 2016 period.
He added that International and Local business establishment firms are committed to making investments of about US $4 billion in the agricultural sector, saying that through the partnerships, more private investments would be seen, thereby improving the environment for investment.
He said progress on annual report on the level of implementation of stakeholders’ commitments would be provided at the national and continental (AU) level.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Director, Planning and Policy Co-ordination, FMARD, Mr. Rabi Idi – Adamu, said the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was launched in 2012, within the principle of reaffirming continued donor commitment to reducing hunger in Africa.
She stated that the workshop would afford participants the opportunity to share the 2014/2015 Nigeria Progress Report of Implementation of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition initiative based on the various commitments of partners for the purpose of consolidation and improvement before its submission to the African Union Commission by August 31, 2015.
Expressing support for the workshop, the President and Chairperson, steering Committee, Nigerian Women Agro-Allied Farmers (NIWAAFA), Mrs. Lizzy Igbine, assured that Nigerian farmers are strongly behind the workshop.
The founding development partners in the initiative were Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United State of America.
The ten African countries that initially joined were Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania.
Tony Ohaeri – Director Information
August 25, 2015