The Feed Nigeria Summit has been rescheduled to hold on Tuesday, 2nd and Wednesday, 3rd May, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos. Organized by Agronigeria, with technical support from the African Development Bank and the Songhai Centre for Development, the Feed Nigeria Summit is a key collaborative intervention between policymakers, the private agro-sector, the development community and the academia-research community to ensure the continued growth of the Nigerian agricultural sector, particularly for the benefit of the primary producers.
The Summit will feature a Special Session on the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) of the Federal Government, which shall be chaired by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, and will feature the Ministers of Agriculture (the Host Minister) and other key Ministers of the government. The need for this all-important discourse comes to the fore because AgroNigeria, and indeed the agro-private sector, firmly believe that, especially with multi-stakeholder buy-in, the HGSFP has massive potentials to promote inclusive growth in Nigerian agribusiness, boost the economic benefits accruable to smallholder farmers and increase the volume of domestic food production, while ramping up agro-industrial investments.
The Keynote addresses shall be delivered by Prof (Fr) Godfrey Nzamujo, Director of the Songhai Centre, Porto Novo, Benin Republic and Ms. Atsuko Toda, Director of Agricultural Finance at the African Development Bank. Expected dignitaries include the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, key Governors and prominent players in the private agri-sector in Nigeria. According to the Director-General of the Feed Nigeria Summit Secretariat, Barrister Richard-Mark Mbaram, the Summit is expected to tackle issues such as sustainable agriculture, the Nigerian imperative to feed Africa, policy dynamics in agri-sector competitiveness, nutrition, food systems enhancement and food security, value chains across the genres, including youth and gender inputs, best practices for improving farm productivity, and smart financing for sustainable growth in agriculture.
Key deliverables include agreements on how local production can assuage the needs of the HGSFP, mechanisms for Nigerian food companies and SMEs along the food value chain to engage in the HGSFP, key incentives and financing packages for agro-stakeholders, veritable and scalable initiatives for attracting investments and relevant regulatory and policy frameworks critical to the attainment of set objectives.
While attendance at the Summit is strictly by invitation, registration can be accessed via the Summit website; www.feednigeria.ng
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