The United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has reiterated its support towards Nigeria’s efforts to achieve food security.
This disclosure was made in Abuja recently when FAO’s Representative to Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mr. Fred Kafeero, presented his letters of credence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama.
Kafeero said he was resuming duty in Nigeria at a time that the UN was already working to help the country realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at different fronts.
“My arrival in the country coincides with the launch of FAO’s Hand-in- Hand initiative aimed at accelerating agricultural transformation and sustainable rural development to eradicate poverty and end hunger in all its forms.
“This is in line with the spirit of SDGs where strong partnerships within the UN system, the international and national stakeholders, is key in mobilising investments, financing, policy and technical expertise, technologies, among others, in the sector”, Kafeero noted. He also said that he was in the country to “further strengthen FAO’s excellent cooperation with the Government of Nigeria over the last 40 years.
He reiterated the organisation’s commitment in providing normative and technical support to enable the food and agriculture systems effectively contribute to the economic diversification agenda of the country, in line with the Agriculture Promotion Policy (APP) of the government