- President Buhari has finalized plans to establish more women in 2017
- Buhari has said that N10billion will be made available for agriculture
- The president says the money is to be made available to support women farmers
The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari has said he will launch a N10 billion agriculture environmental impact fund to support women farmers to increase access to food production.
According to the president, the fund is to cover women, whose farmlands were affected by environment degradation and terrorism.
A statement made on Sunday, December 18, in Abuja by Dean, Agric Faculty, University of Abuja Prof. A.A. Adeniyi said the event by the Women Association for National Agriculture Environment Impact Fund (WAEIF), would focus on food increase to reduce impact of recession.
He explained that pollution of the environment led to importation of genetics modified organism food, which often caused cancer.
“The WAEIF launch of N10 billion agriculture environmental impact fund will serve as alternative funding option for women who could not have access to land, collateral for bank loan, especially women from Northeast that have been displaced due to terrorism and cultural factors,” he added.
Nigeria and the rest of Africa must brace up to meet the challenges of food shortage which comes to the continent soon if nothing is done fast.
President Muhammudu Buhari said this while urging African countries to focus more on agriculture to avert the looming food shortage.
Daily Trust reports that while speaking on Monday, December 12 at the annual Meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) of the Sahel &West African Club Week, holding in Abuja, Buhari said: “Your excellencies, the threat of food crisis in our sub-region is real.
"Accordingly, we must recognise the urgent need to develop mechanisms to curtail the impact of food crises on our people.