An international agricultural-based organisation, OXFAM has disclosed that it is working towards eradicating hunger and promoting food security in Nigeria.
Disclosing at a media interaction in Abuja, OXFAM deputy country director, Mr Constant Tchona, said the organisation places great importance on the world food day, which comes up Oct 16th every year.
He said: “We are hoping to kick off the conversation on the need to eradicate hunger from the land. Nigeria is the land of plenty; endowed with all the natural resources, the land areas, the water bodies, we just need to do more.
“And we at OXFAM, we recognise that the government has put some very great policies in place. The problem is the disconnect between policies and its implementation and we need to do more on the implementation front. Key in doing more in the implementation front is to begin to look at how much government is allocating to agriculture.
“The budget circle is around the corner, let’s try this year to do the 10 per cent of the annual budget and see whether the impact is not going to be different.
“This is so important to create employment for the majority of the people – our youths, our female farmers. It’s going to be important to promote food security for everybody to have enough to feed the household, enough income and prosperity, that is what we hope to achieve by doing this.’’