Head of the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD), Dr Kanayo Nwanze, says Africa is a leader in world poverty and hunger, as a result of lack of committed leadership and rampant corruption.
Dr kanayo was speaking at the UK’s house of lords on Wednesday.
According to him, despite its rich natural resources including arable land, Africa still generates only 10% of its agricultural output while spending some 35 billion Dollars on food imports each year.
The head of the UN agency then challenged African leaders to stop talking about change but rather, deliver it, particularly investments in small-holder agriculture.
Mr Nwanze who believes the future of agriculture lies in the hands of the continent’s young generation, also called on the youths as well as the government, who he has asked to create an enabling environment.
Analysts have said that the recent intervention in the agricultural sector by the Federal Government is late.
While examining ways by which food security can be achieved in Nigeria on Business Morning, the executive director, Admiral Agricultural and Environmental Care, Shedrach Madlion said events in Northern Nigeria, in the past 2 years, are not only natural disasters but they are human disasters.
Professor Bola Okuneye of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta supported this and added that activities of insurgent groups have led to a ‘high level of food insecurity’.
Farmers face constant oppression from terrorists, curfews placed by security agents also restrict them from attending to their farms.
While shedding light on the extent of the damage done to the sector in Northern Nigeria, Mr Madlion said the structure needed to distribute the grains appropriately is not on ground.
However, Mr Okuneye expressed hopes for the sector but called on the government to encourage youth participation by providing easy access to lands for farming.