Foodie Naija Updates

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATES (PRODUCING FOOD FROM DESERT DUNES)

Recently, experts said that there’s no time in recent years is the
novel Desert-to-Food project, an agro-based programme, which aims to
convert the menace of desertification in the northern fringes of the country and the affected areas
into food basket become more relevant than now that the country is
witnessing a slump in the price of crude
oil with its attendant effect to the economy.

For the administration of
President Muhammadu Buhari to diversify the
country’s economy from one dependent on oil to agriculture, it cannot ignore the novel idea of Desert-
to-Food project that has been in incubation for awhile now.

An initiative of FramanAgridev West
Africa Limited, a Nigeria-Israeli private sector concern (in consortium with
201 Israeli, European and American companies), Desert-to-
Food project was designed to transform the Nigerian economy in a manner capable of
surpassing oil earnings through
revolutionary agricultural techniques.

The venture is also expected to
significantly take care of the country’s food needs and provide enormous opportunity for foreign exchange earnings through
exports.

With the unstable oil prices and the resultant measures by government
to be less dependent on the revenue from the sector, experts
are of the opinion that Desert-to-Food
and its subsets have the potential
to displace the ‘black gold’ as the
economy’s number one foreign exchange
earner.

This thought was corroborated by the Group Project Co-
ordinator, Mr
Emeka F. Mba, who while giving
progress report on the project recently, said that upon
conception in 2006, the programme was well received by the federal government sequel to its articulation of a
continental initiative christened the Green Wall Sahara Programme adopted by the African Union
(AU) in Libya, as a continental approach
to the battle against the Sahara desert.

An integrated response to the
ravages of desertification in
Africa, the Green Wall Sahara as adapted
by Nigeria, is aimed at not just saving the arid and semi-arid
lands in the affected states, it is also using
the Desert-to-Food project as an economic engine that will ensure the conversion of the
affected areas into fertile farmlands and
give a boost to the economy, in addition to ensuring the
sustainability of livelihood the Desert-to-Food project as an
economic engine that will ensure the conversion of the
affected areas into fertile farmlands and
give a boost to the economy, in addition to ensuring the
sustainability of livelihood.

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