UNDP-GEF engages experts in reviewing food, nutrition policy

 Ene Okwanihe, Nasarawa

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The United Nations Development Programme/Global Environmental Facility (UNDP/GEF), has engaged national experts in reviewing food and nutrition policy to support the Global Environmental Facility Integrated Programme on Food Security.

UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Oladipo Osibo gave the information during a one-day stakeholders’ summit on Groundnut and Rice Value Chain Actors in Keffi, Nasarawa State North-Central Nigeria.

He noted that preparations have reached advanced stage for setting up of more than 500 demonstration plots for the ongoing rainy season on climate smart agricultural practices.

He also said that the project would create inter state improved commodity value chain.

Osibo said that the project is also working on construction of agricultural center to improve value chain activities and studies on relevant agricultural practices pertinent to project communities.

According to Mr. Osibo, the project is aimed at enhancing the institutional policy and enabling environment for achieving improved food security in a sustainable, resilient and value chain driven manner.

“The project has got the approval of all the participating governments and respective key players. Hundreds of farmer groups and individuals have benefited from being enrolled into the projects and are getting their capacity developed”, he said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Nasarawa State assured the Nigerian government and development partners that the state will continue to show commitments to the success of all agricultural programmes with direct bearings on the lives of women and youths.

He said the outcome of the summit will go a long a way in determining the template for implementation which will bring about the much needed food security.

Mr. Sunday further encouraged participants to advance inter state commodity agribusinesses in the participating states.