The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to “end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”. Significant progress have been made especially for smallholder farmers by the Ogun State Government
A visit to the Ministry Of Agriculture, Ogun state revealed that part of the efforts to cushion the effect of the pandemic for smallholder farmer would be to promote and diffuse the use of improved planting materials of most commonly grown staple crops.
40,000 smallholder across 20 LGAs would largely benefit from what has been themed to be “Covid-19 planting material palliative for smallholder farmers”.
Seedlings for cassava , maize, cashew, cocoa production would form part of input support for these farmers.
Another exciting thing for me during this visit was a stop at the OGUN STATE TECH HUB which would house labs for big data, artificial intelligence , machine learning algorithms, Devops one that I am very passionate about agrotech
Africa must push forward in transitioning towards sustainable food systems, this would imply a focus on enabling more equitable global access to healthy diets and a reduction in food loss and waste.