- China, Nigeria Collaborate on Food Safety
The Peoples’ Republic of China, through her embassy in Nigeria, has donated Mycotoxin handbooks to Nigeria as the two nation’s collaborate to enhance food safety.
Receiving the handbooks from the Ambassador of the Peoples’ Republic of China, Dr. Zhou Pingjian, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, noted that there has been a lot of slow self-poisoning going on in Nigeria for many years as we do not have enough information and education on what we eat. He therefore stated that the book will help to avert the dangers inherent in the food we eat in the country and promote export of Nigeria’s food and agricultural products.
He described the handbook as a very vital publication, which should be used for massive education and training of farmers, extension workers/agents, food vendors, processors, consumers, market men and women, as well as agricultural value chain actors to propagate the message and information in the handbook.
The Minister directed that copies of the handbook should also be made available to all agricultural institutions and other relevant stakeholders in the country to help spread the message in the handbook, adding that, “It is better to prevent the ailment than to cure it.” He thanked the Peoples’ Republic of China, the embassy of China in Nigeria, the authors of the handbook and all those who contributed to putting the handbook together.
In his welcome address at the handover ceremony, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Shehu Ahmed, who was represented by Dr. Gidado Mohammed, informed that detection of mycotoxin in agricultural commodities usually leads to rejection, destruction and wastage, which inherently leads to reduced income, loss of foreign exchange earnings and poor image of the country.
He urged all relevant government agencies, non-governmental organisations, development partners and other agricultural and food value chain actors to emulate the kind gesture of the Peoples’ Republic of China, so that the book can reach numerous actors in the agricultural and food value chains, with a view to mitigate the mycotoxin menace.
While presenting the handbooks to the Minister, Ambassador of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Nigeria, Pingjian informed that China stands ready to continue the cooperation with the Nigerian government and people to implement the outcome of President Buhari’s visit to China earlier this year. He added that the production/donation of the handbooks is one of the steps towards assisting Nigeria to achieve her food safety objectives.
The handbook, according to the Coordinating Director, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, addresses simple ways of identifying and understanding mycotoxin as they affect human lives on daily basis. The book is also intended to protect human and animal health, enhance agricultural development, facilitate trade and overall improved human and animal health, reduced economic losses and enhance national economic growth and prosperity.
The educational handbook was written by Dr. Maimuna Habib of the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service and Dr. Anthony Negedu of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, both in Abuja.
Mycotoxins are poisonous chemical substances produced naturally by certain strains of some fungal species growing on agricultural and agro-allied commodities, which have been shown to be the number one threat among food contaminants.
Farmforte, Others Signs MoU To Strengthen and Sustain Growth in Agricultural Sector
Farmforte Limited has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding with the Agricultural Fresh Produce Growers and Exporters Association of Nigeria; HYBR, a pan-African innovation firm; and ALTS, a consulting and strategy development firm.
The firm said in a statement on Sunday that the partnership would strengthen common interest cooperation and stimulate inclusive and sustainable growth within the agricultural sector, by capitalising on the synergy and comparative advantage offered by each organisation.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Farmforte Co-Chief Executive Officer, Osazuwa Osayi, said, “Our mid to long-term strategic goals are further reaffirmed, as this partnership will facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas, and expertise across the agricultural sector.
“We will collectively address initiatives and approaches concerning agricultural investments, food security, and the overall robustness of the value chain.”
He said the collaboration would also unlock the full potential of the sector and place it on a renewed path for success, especially within a post-pandemic economy.
The President of AFGEAN, Tajuddeen Dantata, said, “By creating dialogue and fostering investment in the horticulture sector, this partnership will endeavor to support Farmforte in its exporting efforts by improving operational efficacy and cost-savings, while ultimately driving socio-economic growth in the country.”
The Chief Executive Officer, HYBR, Charles Ojei, said to drive inclusion, sustainability, job creation, and Nigeria’s overall economic growth, the optimisation of the agriculture value chain was critical.
“This collaboration is a fusion of the complementary capabilities of all partners to move a bigger agenda forward.”
The Managing Partner, ALTS, Akintunde Sawyerr, said, “The goal of this partnership is to support Farmforte’s vision of becoming the largest agribusiness by 2035 via scalable and world-class innovation across its enterprise.”
OctaFX Launches Dual Life Campaign
International Forex broker, OctaFX has launched a socially conscious marketing campaign called Dual Life aimed at simplifying forex trading and helping Nigerians create wealth.
A statement by the organisation on Monday said that the marketing campaign would celebrate the superpowers of Nigerians who committed their time and efforts to two or more jobs and were successful at each one of them.
It stated that the #DualLifewithOctaFX campaign had influencers in the Nigerian lifestyle and entertainment space such as Toke Makinwa, Bovi, Denola Grey, Timini Egbuson, and others at the core of the engagements, establishing the other sides of the celebrities and influencers as entrepreneurs.
While speaking about the campaign, the Marketing Manager, EMEA, OctaFX, Ali Nwadike said, “We wanted to position forex trading as that activity young Nigerians and everyone else, can engage in, even while focusing on their careers.
“From findings, most young Nigerians today work two or more jobs to pay the bills and attain financial freedom. But, we don’t get to talk about this often or appreciate the efforts, hence the #DualLifewithOctaFX campaign.
“While some see their jobs as a burden, we want people to see it as an achievement; and promote the school of thought that says one, two, many jobs is not bad especially when you are trying to create wealth.”
Nwadike added that more Nigerians would be exposed to the beauty of keeping their regular jobs and careers while making more money from forex trading with the OctaFX Trading App.
The statement also affirmed that OctaFX had made necessary arrangements from assembling forex experts and compiling training guides in the simplest and relatable form.
AfDB Appoints Dr. Beth Dunford as Vice President
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has announced the appointment of Dr. Beth Dunford as its Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development. The appointment becomes effective from July 1, 2021.
A statement explained that Dunford, a national of the United States of America, brings extensive experience to this role. She has held senior-level leadership positions in the US government, where she managed large and complex programs, working with the private sector, civil society, and multilateral and bilateral institutions, as well as with African governments, to deliver agricultural, social and human development impact at scale.
Prior to her appointment, Dunford worked as the Assistant to the Administrator in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, as well as the Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.
“In this dual role, she coordinated Feed the Future across multiple U.S. government agencies, oversaw a $1 billion annual budget and leveraged millions of direct private sector investment annually. In this capacity, she also coordinated a $2.3 billion Feed the Future presidential initiative across 11 US government agencies and forged partnerships within the private sector and civil society targeted at reducing hunger and poverty.
“She also led USAID’s technical and regional expertise focused on improving agriculture-led growth, resilience, nutrition and water security, sanitation and hygiene,” the statement added.
President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina said he was delighted to appoint Dunford as Vice President to lead the Bank’s work on Agriculture, Human and Social Development.
“Beth is a strategic and effective leader with deep knowledge and impressive track record in designing and delivering highly impactful large-scale programs that have helped in lifting 27 million people out of poverty in 36 countries,” he added.
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