As we call November a wrap, preparations are in top gear, like never before, to launch into the spectacularly unique Feed Nigeria Summit (FNS) 2020.
FNS2020 is only four days away! So, we say: Arise and get set!
This year’s summit, which is scheduled to take place on December 1st and 2nd, 2020, at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, will focus on how Nigeria can make full economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by piggybacking on agro-industrialisation.
The Feed Nigeria Summit is Nigeria’s flagship agricultural sector convocation and has over the years earned its position as a cardinal platform for unparalleled stakeholder engagement targeted at accelerating the country’s race towards self-sufficiency in food production, both for domestic consumption and export purposes.
Hosted on an annual basis by AgroNigeria, ‘The Voice of Nigeria’s Agriculture,’ the Feed Nigeria Summit has consistently served as a critical tool for positioning the sector as the catalytic economic growth vehicle for Nigeria. Our track record over the years testifies to this.
In 2017, the FNS focused centrally on the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) of the Federal Government with the primary aim of connecting it with the farm gate.
Following resolutions made at the Summit that year, the HGSFP re-energized the agricultural value chain, expanding the programme to feed some 7.7 million children in 24 states of the federation.
In 2018, the Summit sought to build on the gains of the previous year’s action plan. Hence, it was themed “Consolidating the Growth”. This was hinged on the need to provide a framework for more synergy between the private and public sectors with a view to strategically deploying Nigeria’s strengths in the areas of her comparative advantage.
In 2019, the Summit emphasised the indispensable role of partnership in uplifting the sector. It advanced the cause for youth participation and further strengthened the role of Micro, Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises (MSMEs).
In addition to the focus on partnership, the 2019 Summit featured the Mezzanine Deal Brokerage Room. This was wholly dedicated to forging project partnerships for farmer associations and cooperatives that required wholesale delivery of solutions – whether on-farm, farm-gate or market-related.
Unlike previous convocations, however, the 2020 Summit will be more intense considering Nigeria’s present realities.
FNS2020, therefore, aims to encourage conversation around key evidence-based solutions for recalibrating the Nigerian economy by leveraging the agricultural sector’s transformative capacity. To this end, this year’s Summit is aptly themed: “Agribusiness: Leading Nigeria’s Recovery”.
FNS2020 is structured to serve as a veritable platform for addressing the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Nigeria’s agricultural productivity. To this end, the event will highlight the strategic role agriculture sector-derived commercial activities play in steering the Nigerian economy unto recovery.
More importantly, FNS2020 will ventilate the policy implementation measures of the Federal Government. In particular, the unveiling of the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Plan (NATIP) as well as its private-sector inclusion campaign, the Agriculture Policy Alliance Project (APAP), will be key engagement areas at the summit.
FNS2020 will also feature the formal inauguration of the African Development Bank-supported (AfDB) Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) Project. The SAPZ is a project which offers a veritable framework for re-engineering the production, processing and industrial bases of Nigeria’s agriculture.
Come December 1st, we invite you to join us on this journey as we begin to chart the road to recovery for Nigeria.
Be at alert!