FOOD SECURITY: Nigeria activates membership of “More Food International” in Brazil
Nigeria to up-scale agricultural development programmes
By Lawrence Audu
As part of the Nigeria-Brazil Bilateral Development programme, a Nigerian delegation is on a technical mission to Brazil for deliberations and financial structuring in the agreements for Nigeria’s membership of the More Food International Programme in Brasilia.
The More Food International membership’s key objectives for Nigeria include up-scaling the country’s agricultural development programme to boost food production, improve food security, expand job growth and ultimately boost household income. A key element of that process is to intensify the degree of mechanization of Nigeria’s agriculture from tractors to harvesters and processors.
Nigeria had in May, 2017 signified interest to join the More Food International programme through the signing of the protocol of intention by Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development – Chief Audu Ogbeh.
The purpose of the mission is to harmonize all financial structures of the agricultural mechanization credit facility, evaluate the terms and conditions ahead of the implementation of the programme in Nigeria. It is worthy of note that some African countries such as Ghana, Senegal and Mozambique are already benefiting from the More Food Programme.
Participating at the financial analysis and structuring sessions at the Brazilian side are key stakeholders including Itamaraty (Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the Brazil Africa Chamber for Agriculture, Livestock and Technology; Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV, Europe; Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services; Special Secretariat for Family Farms and Agrarian Development; Brazilian Guarantees and Funds Management Agency; the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation – EMBRAPA and the More Food International Working Group.