Over 800 Million ‘Chronically Hungry’ – Minister

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By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria.
Minister of Environment Hajiya Amina J. Mohammed has said there is more than enough food produced today to feed everyone in the world, yet close to 800 million people are chronically hungry.
She stated this at the 12th Annual National Conference of Society For Occupation Safety And Environmental Health, tagged “Zazzau 2016” held at the School of Postgraduate Studies Auditorium, ABU Zaria.
Hajiya Amina said the affordability of food largely relates to income, ensuring access to food remains one of the key pillars of food security and the wider antipoverty agenda.
“We need to transform our current input- heavy food systems to make them more sustainable including reducing food waste and loss through better management and improved techniques in agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry”.
She said agriculture also has a major role to play in combating desertification and other negative impacts of climate change.
The Minister implored all to make concerted efforts on food security as it has the potentials for sustainable livelihood through job creation, wealth generation and family subsistence.
In a message, the Vice Chancellor of ABU, Prof. Ibrahim Garba represented by the DVC Admin Professor Ibrahim Na Iya Sada said the university has continued to improve on its environmental score card through the sustained landscaping and the annual tree planting campaigns to improve the aesthetic quality of ABU environment.
Prof. Garba said the University is ever ready to cooperate with the ministry in meeting the environmental challenges confronting the African sub region south of the the sahara.
Earlier in his welcome address the national President of the society, Prof. E.C Okolocha said professionals from different walks of life gather to discussed and proffer suggestions/solutions to many important and critical issues affecting the environment under appropriate themes.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Strategies for Environmental Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach”.

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