Organic farming could improve Nigeria's food security
Jan 27, 2011
A network of researchers, farmers and citizens known as the Nigerian Organic Agriculture Network (NOAN) has begun a national initiative in Nigeria to shift their economy toward organic food production. The hope is to create a stable agrarian economy and increase the country's food exports, according to IndependentNgOnline.com.
Nigeria is known to be rich in natural resources which have made it a haven for Western investments, but the food situation has not progressed as quickly as the industrial expansion.
"One kilogramme of pepper could be sold for $300 yet it takes less than $10 to produce that quantity, while it takes almost $80 to produce a barrel of oil sold for $80," Professor Jonathan Babatola, executive director of Olu Obasanjo Centre for Organic Research and Development (OOCORD), told the news source.
Nigeria hopes to capitalize on a wave of interest in organic farming to emulate the experience of countries like Brazil, Ghana, Tanzania and Kenya, who have increased their exports and food security by switching to organic farming.
According to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, one in twelve people worldwide are malnourished, including 160 million children under the age of 5.