Nigeria can learn from Netherland's ag model

The Federal Government of Nigeria has been called upon to adopt the Netherland’s agricultural model to increase its food security. Marc van der Sterren, Managing Director/CEO Farming Africa, made the call in Lagos at a workshop on ‘Sustainable Agriculture under Economic Recession.’ 

Van der Sterrn said “I would appeal to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, in the biggest African country, who is not only the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, but also a farmer, to focus on the empowerment of smallholder family farmers by providing them access to independent information, knowledge and education.” 

He noted that the focus should not just be on economy and increasing food quantities through big industrialised agribusinesses, but the first target should be the smallholder family farmer, on leading subsistence farmers on a path towards sustainable, commercial farming, and on empowering all family farmers through independent information.

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