By Micheal Simire
United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Nigeria, Daouda Toure, stated during the recent launch of the African Human Development Report 2012 themed: “Towards a Food Secure Future” in Abuja that Africa can indeed build a food secure future. According to him, Nigeria has taken a leadership role and leading the way in the continental Agricultural Transformation Agenda
All around the world more than 140 countries have published some 600 National Human Development Reports (NHDRs) with UNDP support. In Nigeria, about six national reports have been produced including one that focused on the ‘Niger Delta’ and the other one on ‘Achieving Growth with Equity’. Through NHDRs, UNDP has contributed to policy dialogue at country level and other critical issues in the development paradigm in advancing human development. This report puts food security at the fore front of development agenda for the continent.
This Africa Human Development Report advocates people-centered and comprehensive approaches to food security, and is both timely and important. It reminds us that food security is basic to human development, and that food insecurity can trap generations of people in underdevelopment.