As countries across the globe gradually ease out of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have advocated a review of the national food security structure to address an imminent possibility of food security crisis that may hit Nigeria as a result of the negative effect of the pandemic in the agricultural sector. This was the summation of the perspectives of panelists on agricultural security at the Businessday National Conversation on Mapping Nigeria’s response to Covid-19.
The session, with the theme ‘Safeguarding the Nation: Agricultural credit and national food security in an economic downturn’ drew participants from both the private and public sectors.
Mrs. Motola Oyebanjo, a panelist at the webinar, said: “Discussions around food systems during this pandemic are critical for both the private sector and public sector. It is important for the public sector because it requires a healthy and active populace to ensure that the economy runs smoothly. It is also important for businesses as the society must be striving to ensure that products and services are profitable.
“There are great potentials and possibilities for the food and agricultural sector in Nigeria during and post- COVID-19 pandemic. We must imagine a new reality, proffer innovative solutions and take decisive action to ensure we harness them.” The Nation