Corruption, Poor Leadership Responsible For Africa’s Poverty- IFAD

Corruption, Poor Leadership Responsible For Africa’s Poverty- IFADHead 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.

Buhari Says Nigeria Must Cease To Depend On Oil And Gas

buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the need for Nigeria to cease total reliance on crude oil and gas as its major source of revenue.

He made this declaration on Friday in Abuja at a meeting with Dr Kanayo Nwanze, the Nigerian born President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

President Buhari said that time had come for Nigerians to do more than pay mere lip service to agriculture, which was the mainstay of the nation’s economy before the discovery of crude oil.

‘Go Back To The Land’

“It’s time to go back to the land. We must face the reality that the petroleum we had depended on for so long will no longer suffice. We campaigned heavily on agriculture, and we are ready to assist as many as want to go into agricultural ventures,” he said.

He also promised that his administration would cut short the long bureaucratic processes that Nigerian farmers had to go through, to get any form of assistance from the government.

Buhari assured the IFAD boss that his administration would give attention to improvement of the productivity of farmers, dry season farming, and creative ways to combat the shrinking of the Lake Chad.

According to the President’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, President Buhari said there was so much to be done and that his administration would try and articulate a programme and consult organisations like IFAD for advice.

He added that foreign exchange would be conserved for machinery and other items needed for production, “instead of using it to import things like toothpicks”.

Dr Nwanze congratulated President Buhari on his victory at the general elections, assuring him that IFAD was ready to give all possible assistance to the Federal Government and Nigerian farmers to boost agricultural production and promote food security.

Since the price of crude oil dropped, the Nigerian government has given more attention to agriculture to ensure that the economy of the oil-rich nation, which depended so much on revenues from crude oil sales, is diversified.

IFAD is an international organisation dedicated to addressing issues of agriculture and poverty alleviation.

It was established in 1978, and has been collaborating with Nigeria for over 30 years.