Kaduna, 24 July, 2023 / 11:20 am (ACI Africa).
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.