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News: Nigeria Absent, as FAO Boosts Agric in African Savannah Regions

News: Nigeria Absent, as FAO Boosts Agric in African Savannah Regions

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Nigeria was conspicuously absent as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) conferred with African nations with significant Sahel Savannah landmass, on how to boost agriculture in these regions, despite their severe ecological challenge.

The Sahel is the eco-climatic and bio-geographic zone of transition, in Africa, between the Sahara desert to the north and the Sudan Savanna to the south. Having a semi-arid climate, it stretches across the southernmost extent of Northern Africa between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea.

The Sahel covers parts of (from west to east) the Gambia, Senegal, southern Mauritania, central Mali, Burkina Faso, southern Algeria and Niger, northern Nigeria and Cameroun, central Chad, southern Sudan, northern South Sudan and Eritrea.
While nations like Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal took advantage of the opportunity provided by the FAO initiative to chart new courses for their nations’ agriculture, Nigeria, with significant Sahel land mass, was absent from the meeting.

THISDAY could not confirm however, whether Nigeria’s noticeable absence from the forum was as a result of negligence on the part of the federal ministry of agriculture or neglect by FAO; an organisation with which the federal government of Nigeria is actively involved.

At the meeting, sound water management was said to be the key to building resilience in Africa's Sahel and can free rural communities from the vicious cycle of weather-related food security crises that have plagued the region over recent years.

According to FAO, with both drought and flooding posing recurring challenges to the livelihoods of farmers and pastoralists, “water is often a problem in the Sahel, whether too much or too little. And the poorest and most vulnerable are the most affected.”

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