What will it take for Nigeria to feed the world?

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What will it take for Nigeria to feed the world?

Published on Sat, Nov 10 2012 by cybeeus
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 On the cultivated and producing lands, outdated technologies and techniques yield low productivity and an average of 80 percent of Africa's agriculture still depends on rain and not irrigation.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?

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cybeeus
Sun, Nov 11 2012
10:58 PM
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hab8bah
Sun, Nov 11 2012
4:46 PM
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You should add a link to the full article. People may want to read it.
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Pikin-In-Chief
Sat, Nov 10 2012
2:14 PM
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Africa, and Nigerian in particular, cannot reasonably expect to feed the world when itself has not enough to eat. Feeding the world means exporting food, not importing. According to this report, Every year, Nigeria spends more than $8.2 billion importing basic foods like sugar, fish and wheat. This supposedly is an 11% increase year-to-year. If this is what net trade in food looks like for Nigeria, any talk of feeding the world on our part is premature, comical and plainly a waste of time.
 
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