Nigeria’s Small-scale Farmers Playing “crucial role” in Food Security: Christian Leaders

Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)/ Credit: CAN

Small-scale farmers in Nigeria are playing a “crucial role” in addressing the challenge of food security in Africa in general, and the West African nation in particular, members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have said. 

In a Friday, July 21 report following the consultative workshop on Climate Change Adaptation for Smallholder Farmers in Nigeria, CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, is quoted as saying, “Smallholder farmers produce 80% of the food consumed. This statistic emphasizes the crucial role they play in addressing food security in Africa, particularly in Nigeria.”

“By recognizing that a significant portion of these farmers are members of various faith communities, CAN aims to bridge the gap and act as a strong moral voice for them,” says the president of the Christian entity that includes representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).

Archbishop Okoh, the overseer of the Christ Holy Church International, emphasizes the need for faith-based organizations to support the farmers.

Speaking during the same event that the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), Nigerian region, organized in collaboration with CAN, the President of OAIC, Nigerian region, Elder Israel Akinadewo, highlighted the challenges that small-scale farmers face in the struggle to promote effective farming in Africa’s most populous nation.


“They work tirelessly to feed our communities, yet they are often confronted with limited access to resources, climate change-induced uncertainties, market volatility, and social inequities,” Elder Akinadewo is quoted as saying in the July 21 report.

In the workshop held in Abuja under the theme, “Adaptation for Smallholder farmers and Responsive Public Policy: A Faith-Based Response”, he is further quoted as underlining the role of public policies in empowering farmers, saying, “Responsive public policies serve as the catalyst for change, enabling smallholder farmers to adapt and thrive in the face of adversity.”

Elder Akinadewo added in reference to public policies, “By leveraging their extensive networks, they amplify the voices of smallholder farmers and champion their rights at local, regional, and international levels.”

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.