13 January 2011
The first international summit on climate change and food security in Nigeria is to hold on 27th January 2011.
The summit is organised by the Agriculture Graduates Association of Nigeria (AGAN) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment.
AGAN is working with relevant government organizations towards finding lasting solution to the food and unemployment problems in Nigeria.
Announcing the conference in Abuja, the chairman of the national organising committee and president of AGAN, Comrade Egbuta Michael said professionals and organisations like Oyet Gogomary of Oando, ECOWAS Commission, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Exxon Mobil, FAO, Israeli embassy in Nigeria and DFID will make presentations.
On the need for this summit, Egbuta explained, “Now, it is apparent that climate change which is a result of global warming has busted the outbreak of infectious disease in human and livestock and worsens shortage of water and food in vulnerable countries and created an army of climate refugees fleeing uninhabitable regions and zones. This scenario becomes worse in regions and countries where there is crude oil exploration as a result of fossil fuel pollution.”
He maintained that the situation is particularly worrisome in sub-Sahara Africa where there is overwhelming dependence of farmers on climate and rain-fed agriculture.