Summit to Explore Role of Innovation in Sustainable Agriculture

 Omolabake Fasogbon

Tckling food insecurity and enhancing local agriculture proceeds for national growth, amongst other issues, would be the focal point at the forthcoming AgriConnect summit holding in Lagos. 

The initiative being put forward by Peju Adeyemi, the organisers, in collaboration with Obasanjo Farms Nigeria, would be exploring the strength of innovation and collaboration to address pressing agricultural challenges. 

In a statement, Adeyemi revealed that the theme of the conference, “Bridging the Divide: Cultivating Collaboration and Innovation for a Sustainable Agricultural Future,” was inspired by worsening food crisis in the country, noting that stakeholders across relevant sectors would be charting way forward in Lagos, on May 31.

Already, about 26.5million Nigerians are projected to be food insecured in 2024.

The event which would be chaired by former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo will be graced by valued stakeholders from agtech companies, agri-finance institutions, Ministries of Agriculture, local agricultural development organisations as well as agripreneurs, amongst others. 

Also expected at the event are speakers from renowned organisations like Bank of Industry, Union Bank, the French Consulate, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Microsoft, amongst others. 

“The AgriConnect Summit aims to dismantle silos between different sectors, fostering a more unified approach to agricultural development.

“By championing innovative solutions customised to the unique needs of Nigerian farmers, the summit seeks to generate actionable strategies to address food security challenges and ensure the enduring viability of Nigerian agriculture”, she disclosed. 

Representing Obasanjo Farms Nigeria, Dr. Toyosi Obasanjo, said, “By convening leaders from technology, finance, government, developmental organizations, and agriculture, we aspire to co-create actionable strategies to surmount the obstacles faced by farmers and fortify food security in Nigeria.”

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