To ensure food sufficiency in urban centres, the Nigerian Association of Animal Health and Husbandry Technologists (NAAHHT) has called on Nigerians to embrace backyard farming.
The call was made at the 2021 annual retreat of the Oyo State chapter of the association held in Ibadan under the theme: “Urban Food System, Urban Food Security, and Eating Healthy”.
Remarking at the event, the Chairman of the association, Mr Kazeem Akingboye, said the theme was carefully chosen to underscore the urban demography of food security.
According to him, the rural to urban migration has created a need for a proportional increase in food production in the urban centres and cities.
He said, “Lots of people have forced themselves to dwell in the cities without being food secure, this has led to having more poor people in urban than rural areas.
“Our association has been in the advocacy for urban food value systems and urban food security in which both the plant and livestock components can be integrated to reduce the alarming trend. City farming, urban farming, pot farming, and backyard farming have been advanced globally as avenues to reverse the trend to make the society food sufficient.”
Also speaking, an expert, Mr Lamidi Bashiru Kehinde, who presented a paper during the event described NAAHHT as a key player in the animal industry that is rising to prominence, especially now that food security is becoming a global focus.
Kehinde stressed the need for the association to get more involved in both national and international initiatives where food, human, and animal health are being designed and implemented.
“Private individuals also have roles to play to contribute to a more sustainable city region food system. We can tap into this by forming private advocacy groups to get our local governments to be part of the signatories,” he added.
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