At about 3.2 per cent growth rate, Nigeria’s population is projected to exceed 400 million by 2050, overtaking the U.S’, according to the United Nations. The implication of this population explosion on food security and peace is not lost on Nigerians and the authorities. But a common thread that ran through the various presentations by experts at an event to mark this year’s “World Peace & Understanding Day” was their unanimous call for more concerted efforts to achieve food security in view of Nigeria’s ballooning population. Nigeria, Africa’s largest and most populous nation, with an estimated 200 million people, has been projected to hit 400 million populations by 2050. In fact, the United Nations, which gave the projection, said that at Nigeria’s current 3.2 per cent population growth rate, the country will overtake U.S’ by 2050. For Nigerians and the authorities, the fear of not matching the increasing population growth rate with enough food production appears to have become the beginning of wisdom. The consensus is that the time has come for Nigeria to significantly boost food production to ward off the unsavory consequences of food insecurity and poverty. It was against this backdrop that Rotary District 9110, which covers Lagos and Ogun States, chose to mark the 2020 “World Peace & Understanding Day” by providing the platform for experts to brainstorm and come up with workable strategies to achieve food security and peace. At the event, which held in Lagos, with the theme “Promoting World Peace & Understanding through Food Security,” experts shared their perspectives on what must be done if Nigeria must be self-sufficient in food. They also warned of the dire consequences of not implementing some of their far-reaching recommendations. The Nation
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