Economic and biofortified staple crops and food experts have emphasized the necessity of federal-state collaboration in budgeting for climate-smart agriculture. This initiative aims to bolster food security, advance socioeconomic development, and improve living conditions nationwide.
A one-day Consultative Policy Workshop on Climate and Biofortification, jointly organized by HarvestPlus and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (FMAFS), took place in Abuja, Nigeria. The event brought together participants from Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, and Gombe states, focusing on developing state-specific strategies to enhance climate-resilient agricultural practices and biofortified nutrition.
Ms. Rewa Misra, Head of National Policy and Innovative Financing at HarvestPlus, emphasized the workshop’s pivotal role in facilitating policy reform. This reform is crucial for enabling the scaling up of access to climate-smart agriculture, nutritious inputs, biofortified nutrition, and ensuring farmers have access to climate-resilient agricultural products.
Dr. Yusuf Dollah, Country Manager of HarvestPlus Nigeria, underscored the significance of the meeting in fostering stakeholder collaboration. It provides a platform for exchanging ideas on promoting policy implementation and allocating budgets for climate-tolerant crops. This joint effort aims to fortify the agricultural sector against climate-related challenges, ultimately contributing to enhanced food security and socioeconomic growth.