Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate 2022 World Food Day on October 16, 2022, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, affirmed that there is no food shortage in Nigeria.
Abubakar claimed while fielding questions from journalists during a media conference and as part of activities commemorating the 2022 World Food Day with the theme ‘Leaving no one behind, better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and better Life’, at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.
He said: “We don’t have a shortage of food in Nigeria at this point, but yes prices have risen, and this is a world phenomenon.
“This Government has put in so much in employment generation, especially in agric; we have youth, women, and others through the managerial ministries and many others to make sure there is food and employment.”
Meanwhile, the Minister said, “The day is like a reminder to eat mindfully and consider that millions of people are unable to afford one meal for themselves.
“It is important that we rededicate ourselves to this very important event and its purpose by drawing attention through global awareness, bold action, and innovation to enhance effectively the channels that make our food systems stronger and more equitable.
“The Food and Agriculture Organization is actively working towards the achievement of food security and nutrition and supporting the necessary transformation of agri-food systems in collaboration with other UN agencies and partners at international and national levels”, he added.
However, he (Abubakar) noted that Nigeria and the rest of the world continue to grapple with multiple crises which include conflicts, displacement, economic shocks, escalating food prices, climate change, and so on.