In a recent report to CNN by Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria shared his views on how Africa could feed the world despite reports by three U.N. agencies that said nearly 239 million people in Africa are hungry. Based on a number of facts African Progress Panel and many others believe Africa can transcend feeding itself to feeding the world if key issues are addressed. McKinsey Global Institute estimated that Africa has 600million hectares of uncultivated arable land, roughly 60% of the global total. On the cultivated and producing lands, outdated technologies and techniques yield low productivity and an average of 80 percent of Africa's agriculture still depends on rain and not irrigation.
Looking inwards, this report coming from our former president makes me wonder and ask, what are the potentials and limitations for Nigeria to feed itself and the rest of the world, from political, economic and technological perspectives? Also, what in Nigeria's agricultural sector works, does not work, or is working? Lastly, is feeding the world really achievable for Nigeria or is this just wishful thinking?