Buhari to attend Dakar International Conference on Agriculture

Dakar International Conference on Agriculture

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will depart Lagos for Senegal on Tuesday where he will attend the 2nd edition of Dakar International Conference on Agriculture.

Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman confirmed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

According to the presidential aide, the high-level Dakar 2 Summit hosted by President Macky Sall of Senegal and the Chairperson of the African Union is holding under the theme “Feeding Africa: Food Sovereignty and Resilience.”

Adesina said: ”The conference, which seeks to create favourable conditions toward achieving food security in Africa, is convened jointly by the government of Senegal and the African Development Bank.

”There will also be side meetings to discuss agreements on the delivery of food and agricultural products in some countries, including Nigeria.

”With Africa accounting for 249 million or a third of the 828 million hungry people in the world, the Summit, to be attended by African Heads of State and Government, Ministers of finance and agriculture, as well as several global development partners, is expected to make commitments on eradicating hunger in Africa by 2030.”

Members of the President’s delegation inçlude Ministers and top government officials including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar.

Others are; the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.Gen. Babagana Monguno and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Abubakar.

According to Adesina, the president is expected back in the country on Jan. 25.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the theme of this Summit is: “Feed Africa: Food Sovereignty and Resilience.”

The event will bring together more than 1,500 people, with the participation of Heads of State and Government, Ministers in charge of Economy and Finance, Ministers of Agriculture and related sectors, Governors of Central Banks as well as private sector stakeholders, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, leading academics and scientists.

During the three-day summit, key stakeholders, including heads of state, development partners and private sector participants will come together to mobilise financing that will harness Africa’s food and agriculture potential.

The idea is to turning advocacy into concrete action.

The summit objectives are mobilise high-level political commitment, development partner support and private sector investment around production, markets and trade to increase food production in Africa.

others share successful food and agriculture experience in selected countries – experience in boosting agricultural productivity through the adoption of climate-adapted crops, livestock and aquaculture technology, advisory services and successful innovation platforms.

others are to galvanize national governments, development partners and the private sector around food and agriculture delivery compacts for each country to achieve food security at scale. (NAN)

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