Food security : small-scale, tech-based initiatives and long-term research (SciDevNet)


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Food security demands diversity

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Food security relies on inter-related factors that go beyond just ‘producing more’

Better seed, better storage, less waste, and diversified crops are all needed

Providing enough good food for all will need a multi-pronged approach


The challenge calls for divergent solutions — small-scale, tech-based initiatives as much as long-term research.

Last month our Spotlight pages explored sustainable food production — how farmers can grow more food with scarce resources, and within environmental limits. But it’s an open secret that food security is not just about producing more or about how farmers work their land.

Consider just a few factors that must fall into place to ensure people have enough good food: affordable good quality seeds with high nutritional value; enough income for farmers to buy those seeds and other inputs needed to keep productivity high; and knowledge of tools…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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