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Minister wants IFAD to continue the fight against poverty

Tue Mar 08 2011

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Prof. Sheikh Ahmad Abdullahi has called on the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to exploit its comparative advantage and be at the forefront of the world’s effort at reducing poverty and promoting food security. Since its establishment, IFAD had consistently demonstrated its strength and capacity to contribute to global efforts to reduce poverty and promote food security, the minister, who is also the Nigeria governor to IFAD, noted. In remarks he made to the 34th session of the Governing Council of IFAD on Saturday, 19th February, 2011, in Rome, the minister noted that poverty had taken centre stage on the international development agenda citing the enormous contributions of IFAD to the reawakening of global consciousness on the issue. ‘’Like Slavery, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom’’, Abdullahi said, quoting former South African President, Nelson Mandela. He said the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was dependent on progress made in agriculture and rural development, and for this reason, he added, member nations must support the ninth replenishment of IFAD and its planned work programme by contributing generously to its success. Abdullahi, who led the Nigerian delegation to the session, said Nigeria’s contribution of $15 million to the eighth replenishment of IFAD was a clear demonstration of her commitment to the ideals of IFAD and an enabler for the Fund to ‘’use its full potential to fight poverty and enhance food security’’. The minister said in order for IFAD to realize its goal of fighting poverty, emphasis needed to be placed on expanding resources to reach more people, adopting a value chain approach to production, processing, marketing and storage with a view to mitigating youth unemployment, and also ensuring a 100 percent financing plan for IFAD so as to address the chronic problem of counterpart funding by most countries. He explained that Nigeria had begun implementing a comprehensive value chain Commercial Agricultural Development Programme (CADP) in crops, fisheries, livestock and rural development as a way of developing a new generation of successor farmers. ‘’It is (therefore) our hope that the preparation of the IFAD supported value chain programme will soon be completed to enable project implementation to commence as soon as possible’’, he said. (END)

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Minister wants IFAD to continue the fight against poverty

Tue Mar 08 2011

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Prof. Sheikh Ahmad Abdullahi has called on the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to exploit its comparative advantage and be at the forefront of the world’s effort at reducing poverty and promoting food security. Since its establishment, IFAD had consistently demonstrated its strength and capacity to contribute to global efforts to reduce poverty and promote food security, the minister, who is also the Nigeria governor to IFAD, noted. In remarks he made to the 34th session of the Governing Council of IFAD on Saturday, 19th February, 2011, in Rome, the minister noted that poverty had taken centre stage on the international development agenda citing the enormous contributions of IFAD to the reawakening of global consciousness on the issue. ‘’Like Slavery, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom’’, Abdullahi said, quoting former South African President, Nelson Mandela. He said the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was dependent on progress made in agriculture and rural development, and for this reason, he added, member nations must support the ninth replenishment of IFAD and its planned work programme by contributing generously to its success. Abdullahi, who led the Nigerian delegation to the session, said Nigeria’s contribution of $15 million to the eighth replenishment of IFAD was a clear demonstration of her commitment to the ideals of IFAD and an enabler for the Fund to ‘’use its full potential to fight poverty and enhance food security’’. The minister said in order for IFAD to realize its goal of fighting poverty, emphasis needed to be placed on expanding resources to reach more people, adopting a value chain approach to production, processing, marketing and storage with a view to mitigating youth unemployment, and also ensuring a 100 percent financing plan for IFAD so as to address the chronic problem of counterpart funding by most countries. He explained that Nigeria had begun implementing a comprehensive value chain Commercial Agricultural Development Programme (CADP) in crops, fisheries, livestock and rural development as a way of developing a new generation of successor farmers. ‘’It is (therefore) our hope that the preparation of the IFAD supported value chain programme will soon be completed to enable project implementation to commence as soon as possible’’, he said. (END)

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Minister wants IFAD to continue the fight against poverty

Tue Mar 08 2011

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Prof. Sheikh Ahmad Abdullahi has called on the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to exploit its comparative advantage and be at the forefront of the world’s effort at reducing poverty and promoting food security. Since its establishment, IFAD had consistently demonstrated its strength and capacity to contribute to global efforts to reduce poverty and promote food security, the minister, who is also the Nigeria governor to IFAD, noted. In remarks he made to the 34th session of the Governing Council of IFAD on Saturday, 19th February, 2011, in Rome, the minister noted that poverty had taken centre stage on the international development agenda citing the enormous contributions of IFAD to the reawakening of global consciousness on the issue. ‘’Like Slavery, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom’’, Abdullahi said, quoting former South African President, Nelson Mandela. He said the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was dependent on progress made in agriculture and rural development, and for this reason, he added, member nations must support the ninth replenishment of IFAD and its planned work programme by contributing generously to its success. Abdullahi, who led the Nigerian delegation to the session, said Nigeria’s contribution of $15 million to the eighth replenishment of IFAD was a clear demonstration of her commitment to the ideals of IFAD and an enabler for the Fund to ‘’use its full potential to fight poverty and enhance food security’’. The minister said in order for IFAD to realize its goal of fighting poverty, emphasis needed to be placed on expanding resources to reach more people, adopting a value chain approach to production, processing, marketing and storage with a view to mitigating youth unemployment, and also ensuring a 100 percent financing plan for IFAD so as to address the chronic problem of counterpart funding by most countries. He explained that Nigeria had begun implementing a comprehensive value chain Commercial Agricultural Development Programme (CADP) in crops, fisheries, livestock and rural development as a way of developing a new generation of successor farmers. ‘’It is (therefore) our hope that the preparation of the IFAD supported value chain programme will soon be completed to enable project implementation to commence as soon as possible’’, he said. (END)

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Minister wants IFAD to continue the fight against poverty

Tue Mar 08 2011

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Prof. Sheikh Ahmad Abdullahi has called on the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to exploit its comparative advantage and be at the forefront of the world’s effort at reducing poverty and promoting food security. Since its establishment, IFAD had consistently demonstrated its strength and capacity to contribute to global efforts to reduce poverty and promote food security, the minister, who is also the Nigeria governor to IFAD, noted. In remarks he made to the 34th session of the Governing Council of IFAD on Saturday, 19th February, 2011, in Rome, the minister noted that poverty had taken centre stage on the international development agenda citing the enormous contributions of IFAD to the reawakening of global consciousness on the issue. ‘’Like Slavery, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom’’, Abdullahi said, quoting former South African President, Nelson Mandela. He said the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was dependent on progress made in agriculture and rural development, and for this reason, he added, member nations must support the ninth replenishment of IFAD and its planned work programme by contributing generously to its success. Abdullahi, who led the Nigerian delegation to the session, said Nigeria’s contribution of $15 million to the eighth replenishment of IFAD was a clear demonstration of her commitment to the ideals of IFAD and an enabler for the Fund to ‘’use its full potential to fight poverty and enhance food security’’. The minister said in order for IFAD to realize its goal of fighting poverty, emphasis needed to be placed on expanding resources to reach more people, adopting a value chain approach to production, processing, marketing and storage with a view to mitigating youth unemployment, and also ensuring a 100 percent financing plan for IFAD so as to address the chronic problem of counterpart funding by most countries. He explained that Nigeria had begun implementing a comprehensive value chain Commercial Agricultural Development Programme (CADP) in crops, fisheries, livestock and rural development as a way of developing a new generation of successor farmers. ‘’It is (therefore) our hope that the preparation of the IFAD supported value chain programme will soon be completed to enable project implementation to commence as soon as possible’’, he said. (END)