A new study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) showed that Nigeria meets the criteria necessary to ensure food security, create jobs and increase wealth through agriculture.
The findings say that the successful eradication of poverty through agriculture depends on whether the country has enough agricultural land, how fertile it is, and the demographic pressure that Nigeria is facing.
Currently, Nigeria has a land area of about 91 million hectares, and 82 million of this total land mass is said to be arable, that is, it can be used for one form of agriculture or another. They came from the first row, a kind of analytical framework that tracks the work of 117 countries for 45 years, in order to understand which politicians succeeded or failed.
“Inclusive agricultural transformation is the foundation of development. This can lead to increased productivity, increased income, food security and the empowerment of women, ”said Kreen Menier, Senior Policy Advisor, IISD. This global analysis explains how progress has been made in some countries over the past decades and what steps can be taken for countries to succeed – and the prospects are positive.
“Only 10 countries still belong to the category of subsistence agriculture, compared with 30 in 1970,” explains David Laborde, a senior researcher at IFPRI. “With the exception of countries in a state of war, no country is worse than a decade ago. Our report clearly shows that transforming agriculture contributes to expanding economic opportunities for countries and their communities. ”
The report advocates a combination of good policies and huge investments in agricultural infrastructure: “None of the studied countries could be transformed without an appropriate combination of policies and public investments that complemented each other at this stage”,