Dr. Kanayo Nwanze, former President, The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Toyosi Ayodele, Founder and CEO, Agrorite Limited, Professor Alex Akpa, Acting Director General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) are some of the lineup speakers at the year 2020 Agrobusiness Times national conference on agricultural innovations for food security in the post COVID-19 pandemic era.
The conference slated for Thursday September 3, 2020 with the theme: ‘Aggregating Sustainable Agricultural Innovations for Food Security’ will focus on how Nigeria can be food-secured in the post COVID-19 era, considering the ravaging effects that the covid-19 pandemic has had on the agricultural sector and the nation’s economy.
According to the convener and Editor of Agrobusiness Times, Jim Rex-Lawson Moses, “This is to enable a proper preparation of stakeholders in the industry towards embracing innovative solutions and models that will ensure or guarantee a food-secured nation in the post pandemic era considering the ravaging effects that Covid-19 has had on the Agricultural Sector.
“The conference has become imperative following a recent report by the World Bank that the collapse in crude oil prices, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, is expected to plunge the Nigerian economy into a severe recession, the worst since the 1980s.
“The World Bank, in a new report, titled; ‘Nigeria in times of COVID-19: Laying foundations for a strong recovery,’ estimated that Nigeria’s economy would likely contract by 3.2 per cent this year”.
Others include; Rose Gidado, Director and Country Representative of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, DG/ CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Chinasa Ugwuanyi, Senior Research Fellow, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Ayodeji Balogun, Chief Executive Officer, AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited, Dr. Kenton Dashiell, DDG-Partnerships for Delivery, IITA and Bram Wits, Agricultural Counselor for West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire) Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture Nature and Food Quality, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Accra Ghana.