Biotechnology solution to food insecurity


Prof. Benjamin Ubi, the President,
Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN), has
identified food insecurity as an underlining
cause of some of the greatest challenges in
the country.

Ubi, who said this in an interview with the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in
Abuja, added that biotechnology would
ensure adequate food security in the country.

“We recognise that food security is
paramount and biotechnology, the green
alternative policy of the government, will
achieve its goal of ending hunger, ensuring
food security and promoting sustainable
agriculture.

“This will also provide a form of economic
diversification as it will bring with it a new
set of skill requirements and expand job
opportunities.

“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
reinforce this with Goal 2 which seeks to end
hunger, achieve food security and improve
nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
since 75 per cent of crop diversity has been
lost from farmer’s field,’’ Ubi said.


He also said that better use of agricultural
biodiversity could contribute to more
nutritious diets, enhanced livelihoods for
farming communities and more resilient and
sustainable farming system.

“The effects of climate change have had a
devastating effect on food security, food
availability, food accessibility, food
utilization and food systems stability.

“And for Nigeria to be food sufficient, we
must look to scale, underscoring the need for
modern and climate smart agricultural
practices.

“We must look to increase investment,
including through international cooperation,
rural infrastructure, agricultural research and
extension services, technology development
as well as plant and livestock gene banks in
order to enhance agricultural productivity
capacity.’’

Ubi said that the practice of safe modern
biotechnology should be encouraged to
ensure zero hunger by welcoming technology
that would provide safe and adequate food
for Nigerians.

He, therefore, implored stakeholders to put
more efforts in developing the country’s local
resources to meet agriculture demands both
at local and international trade platforms. 



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