2017 witnessed the maiden edition of the Feed Nigeria Summit (FNS); first of its annual series.
An initiative of AgroNigeria, the Voice of Nigeria’s Agriculture, was held at the Grande Ball Room of Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The 2-day high-level summit tagged “Feed Nigeria, To Feed Africa”, was organized by AgroNigeria, in collaboration with its partners, to create a platform for strategic engagement between the government, private sector players, stakeholders and various development communities including the African Development Bank (AfDB).
It had in attendance, Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo (represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Mrs Maryam Uwais), Chairman of AgroNigeria, Elder Edem Ekwo, Director Songhai Centre, Dr. Godfrey Nzamujo, Director of Agric. Finance AfDB, Ms. Atsuko Toda, top Directors, Business Executives and Stakeholders in the agricultural sector across Nigeria and Africa.
Key objective of the summit centered around the need for Nigeria to take the centre stage in the quest for feeding Africa (in the long run), by being first of all self-sufficient through adequate private sector participation, taking advantage of the federal government’s national Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP), which was launched in 2017 through the office of the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The HGSFP was established to create value at the local level by raising demands for farm products produced by smallholder farmers in communities across the nation, while generating jobs for community women who would serve as cooks to the pupils.
“We are supporting that we should source some food from local producers and we are insisting not to source the food from local market but from farmers directly producing for that purpose. That is why we are putting the HGSFP at the fore front of this event,” Richard-Mark Mbaram, Director-General, Feed Nigeria Summit.
The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, in his goodwill message tagged “We need Nigeria to feed Africa” (broadcast via a live telecast), noted that Nigeria was well positioned in the matrix of feeding Africa sustainably.
Adesina also commended the organisers of the event, stating that it was the first of such Feed Africa Summits at country level across the continent and provides an excellent platform for discussing how to further ramp up support for agriculture as a business, while applauding Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for his support.
High points of the event were Keynote presentations by the Director of Songhai Centre, Dr. Godfrey Nzamujo and the Director of Agric. Finance, AfDB, Ms. Atsuko Toda.
The first keynote presentation tagged “Using regenerative Agricultural and Agro-ecological practices to leapfrog productivity and feed Africa sustainably”, was convened by Dr. Nzamujo. In his address, he emphatically stated that Nigeria can increase agricultural production without destroying the environment by adopting direct use of solar energy through a systemic, holistic and broad based approach.
Ms. Toda delivered the second keynote address themed “Successful implementation of the School Feeding Programme: Lesson from other Climes”. This presentation sets the scene for alignment on contrasting viewpoints in terms of what should be implemented to foster the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP), with emphasis on key supply chain and value chain interventions that reduce cost of services and increase competition.
Also during the event, Panel sessions on various topics on key policy issues, production challenges facing the Nigerian farmer, amongst other discourse as it relates to the HGSFP and Agricultural development in Nigeria were organized and moderated by dignitaries from different arms of the agricultural sector. In addition was the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Youth Session tagged “Are Youths instrumental to Nigeria feeding herself”?
Come 30th – 31st July, 2018, Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Abuja will play host to the second edition of the Feed Nigeria Summit (FNS) tagged “Consolidating the Growth”.
The 2018 FNS edition will be a platform for policy and strategic discussions between government, private sector and development community for the progress of Nigerian agriculture, with a view to strategically deploy Nigeria’s strengths in areas of comparative advantage as she marches towards the ultimate target of self-sufficiency in agricultural production.
Feed Nigeria Summit 2018: A highly prized opportunity for effective pitching, business and product launching for interested agricultural entities in Nigeria and beyond.