The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) says plans to end poverty and hunger by 2030 were feasible if all concerned parties could join forces and act on available data.
The FAO Country Representative for Nigeria, Mr Suffyan Koroma, stated this in Abuja at the opening of a two-day workshop on “Mainstreaming Food Security in the Context of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in Nigeria’’.
He said that the world can attain zero hunger by tackling the root causes of hunger and poverty.
According to him, data collection was the key driver of transformation across all sectors.
He added that it would also enable governments across the globe to achieve national policy objectives.
“Open data will present a multitude of opportunities to track progress and analyse statistical information in a systemic way and disseminate it widely,’’ he said.
He said that FAO had developed standards for agriculture and statistics, in assisting Nigeria to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
“The assistance also includes methodological development of indicators and statistical capacity building,’’ he said.
The FAO country representative, however, said that for the programme to work in Nigeria; there was a need to take relevant MDAs and CSOs through the concept and methodology of food security measurements.
He explained that the workshop had become imperative because countries were now striving to translate the SDGs into national plans for implementation.
“Two monitoring tools will be presented to the workshop participants on prevalence of undernourishment and food insecurity experience scale,’’ he said.
He, therefore, urged participants to make use of the knowledge gained from the workshop so as to put in place a good road-map for the effective implementation of the plan.