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Give small farmers the opportunity to guarantee food security, the company tells the government

Sydani Group, an international management consultancy firm, has urged the federal and state governments to empower smallholder farmers across the country to ensure food security in Nigeria.

It pointed out that smallholder farmers supply most of the food consumed in Nigeria, but noted that most of these farmers do not have the necessary tools for efficient farming.

Agricultural Business Specialist, Sydani Group, Godfrey Petgrave, said there are numerous innovations and approaches globally that provide farmers with tools to improve their farming operations and increase their resilience to climate change.

He was speaking at a media roundtable titled ‘Driving Sustainability: A Comprehensive Analysis of Nigeria’s Key Growth Areas’ organized by the company in Abuja where it offered solutions to challenges in some sectors of the Nigerian economy.

“There is a need to empower small farmers. The government must prioritize access to finance, training and technology for smallholder farmers to sustainably improve productivity,” said Petgrave.

He said the food crisis in Nigeria requires urgent attention and concerted efforts from all stakeholders as the challenges of climate change, conflict, infrastructure deficiencies, economic instability and policy gaps are complex and interconnected.

“Sydani Farms is committed to addressing these challenges and paving the way for a resilient and food secure future for Nigeria.

“That is why the action plan includes investments in building resilience by allocating resources to climate-smart agricultural practices, infrastructure development and capacity building initiatives,” said Petgrave.

Noting that concerted efforts are needed from all sectors of society, he called for policy reforms and institutional strengthening that would promote sustainable agricultural practices and cooperation among stakeholders.

“Implement policies to promote economic inclusion, especially for women and marginalized groups in the agricultural sector. Embrace digital farming solutions, precision farming technologies and data-driven insights to optimize resource management,” he said.

Okechukwu Nnodim

Okechukwu, a journalist with Punch Newspapers, has 15 years of experience in energy (energy and petroleum), finance, agriculture, environment, humanitarian services, works and housing, trade and investment, capital markets, aviation and transport, ICT, among others.