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Monday, October 26, 2020

Top students to benefit from Apex Industries CSR - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


A 5 year Funding Partnership Agreement with the National University of Equatorial Guinea has been seal with the Apex Industries to award scholarships to top students.

Confirming this development the Head of the oil and gas conglomerate based in Equatorial Guinea, Apex Industries, Don Leoncio Amada Nze, said this is coming as part of the company's social programme.

According to Nze, the company commits to financially support qualifying students during their academic progress for the next 5 years.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

WFD2020: FFAA advocates for foodbanking - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


In commemoration of the United Nations (UN) World Food Day, Food for All Africa (FFAA) has advocated for food banking in African countries especially Ghana, reports NaijaAgroNet.
FFAA, NaijaAgroNet gathered, provided over 500 packs of waakye meal, food bags and basic essentials to low income and vulnerable beneficiaries across Accra in commemoration of this year's World Food Day held on October 16, this year.

Monday, October 19, 2020

WFD 2020: CS-SUNN urges Nigerians to choose nutritious foods - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Network (CS- SUNN) has urged Nigerians to ensure they choose their foods with nutrition in mind, so as to maintain a healthy living, reports 
The Executive Secretary, CS- SUNN, Mrs. Beatrice Eluaka gave this charge on the occasion of the World Food Day (WFD2020) in Abuja on Friday.

She counselled Nigerians to choose to eat diverse and healthy diets in order to promote healthy living.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

World Food Day 2020:Pope Francis drums support for FAO, UN - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis has urged for more support for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and all UN food agencies' initiatives that promote sustainable and diversified agriculture, and support small farming communities and the rural development of the poorest countries.

He made this known on his message to the occasion of FAO turning 75 and to commemoration of teh World Food Day 2020.

Pope also urgeds UN member states to use the money that buys arms and covers military expenses for defeating hunger and rural development instead would also be a "courageous decision".

Saturday, October 17, 2020

World Food Day: Buhari restates commitment to food security, price stability - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The President, General Muhammadu Buhari retired, has restated the commitment of his administration to ensure self-sufficiency in food production and stability in prices of commodities in the country, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The President gave the assurance in a statement at the launch of Outgrow Hunger, Nigeria, an initiative of a non-governmental organisation, Agricultural Agenda Nigeria Initiative (AANI), founded by Mr Ephraim Odemwingie.

World Food Day: FAO calls for building back better, honours food heroes - NaijaAgroNet

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Today, World Food Day marks the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Born on the wake of catastrophe - World War II, three-quarters of a century later, FAO's mission to end hunger and nourish the world has been made more relevant because of another global scourge - the COVID-19 pandemic, said QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General.

Along the way, the world, and with it FAO, went from growing more food, to getting attuned to its environmental footprints, setting up regulatory frameworks in response, getting animal diseases under control, and, finally, seeing the fight against hunger as inseparable from other development goals. 

Hence, also, this year's World Food Day's theme: grow, nourish, and sustain. Together. 

"The present moment is again fraught with danger, complicated, and demands urgent action. As hunger grows once more, as the COVID-19 pandemic exposes the fragility of our food systems, history is calling upon us once more to rise to the challenge," urged Qu.

The Director-General spoke today at FAO's global 75th Anniversary/World Food Day virtual event in Rome, which brought together Pope Francis; Italy's President; Lesotho's King and Spain's Queen - FAO Special Goodwill Ambassadors for Nutrition; UN's Secretary General; and the heads of IFAD and WFP.

Saluting FAO's anniversary, Pope Francis described the organization's mission as "beautiful and important".

Time to build back better

World Food Day is marked this year as global hunger rises for the fifth consecutive year and a healthy diet is out of reach for 3 billion people. Nearly 700 million people still go hungry, and the pandemic could tip up to 132 million more into hunger by the end of 2020.

This year's World Food Day aims to galvanize and accelerate action towards ending hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, and to make food and agriculture an essential part of the COVID-19 response.

Chief amongst them, as speakers at today's event noted, are global solidarity and building more resilient, robust agri-food systems that can withstand shocks, deliver affordable and sustainable healthy diets for all, and decent livelihoods for all workers along the food supply chain. 

"Now is the time to rethink our approaches and redouble our efforts," said Qu.

Amongst these, Qu highlighted pioneering sciences and technologies, stressing that "Innovation is our ally in re-imagining our food systems and ending hunger, as we are morally and politically bound to do in the next ten years".

Isaac Oyimah/Editor

Friday, October 16, 2020

Flour Mills boss endorses Cognito Micronutrient powder - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Affirming the significance of micronutrients in human nutrition, the managing director of Flour Mills of Nigeria plc Dr Paul Gbededo has commended Micronutrient Laboratories Limited for the introduction of Cognito Micronutrient Powder as a contribution to fighting the threat of infant malnutrition in Nigeria, reports 

Gbededo spoke on Wednesday 14 October as he unveiled the new micronutrient powder formulation on the sidelines of the 44th annual conference of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Malnutrition: Nigeria gets Cognito Micronutrient Powder - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Nigeria’s battle against deficiencies in childhood nutrition got a boost Wednesday 14 October with the introduction of a micronutrient fortification product for quick and easy utilisation by families, reports 

Micronutrient Laboratories Limited unveiled its Cognito Micronutrient Powder as a response to the challenge of high infant mortality from poor feeding at the 44th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology in Lagos. It was one of the highlights of the annual conference of the nation’s food scientists and technologists.

Ekiti stakeholders take stock of Fayemi's projects - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Ekiti stakeholders including Radio Callers Association and community leaders are taking stock of the projects and various programmes of the Dr Kayode Fayemi administration in recent times, reports 

The stocktaking was part of the tour of the state by the stakeholders as led by the chief of staff, Mr. Abiodun Omoleye, stressing that they are executed based on the needs and yearnings of the people.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Earthshot dangles £50m prize for climate change, restore nature - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology



New global prize for the environment has emerged to the tune of £50 million, just as the five challenges at the heart of The Earthshot Prize has been unveiled, reports NaijaAgroNet.

This follows the launch by Prince William seen as the most prestigious global environment prize in history, as the five challenges at the heart of The Earthshot Prize were also unveiled to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years – a critical decade for the Earth.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

COVID-19: Sudan takes delivery of 3,000 personal protective gear - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Sudan has received medical boost with the delivery of estimated 3,000 personal masks Siemens in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) reports NaijaAgroNet.

This, NaijaAgroNet gathered, was delivered last month to assist in the battle against Covid-19, and is the partnership's latest humanitarian investment initiative aimed at improving living standards in Sudan through the Ministry of Health.

COVID-19: Five media outlets benefit from Bloomberg, Ford grants - NaijaAgroNet... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

To strengthen regional journalism at a time when communities urgently needed access to accurate, local information on COVID-19, the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) and the Ford Foundation have awarded their latest round of funding to some five media entities on the continent, reports NaijaAgroNet.

The beneficiaries cut across Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa will receive grants from the BMIA Community Media Fund (BMIA-CMF) to improve training and support the production of independent, reliable news content on issues impacting local communities. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Afi-Antonio partners Feminine Star to empower women - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The Afi Antonio Foundation in partnership with Feminine Star Africa has hosted a women empowerment programme in Anloga, Ghana, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Empowering women to be key change agents is an essential element to achieving the end of hunger and poverty.

The theme for the programme was "Empowering Women And Girls For a Better Tomorrow" with focus on training women for equity on income generating skills that will help them realize their financial goals and overcome persistent gender based barriers.

Bridging African medicare gaps with technologies - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


Omnia Health Live Africa set to bring together policy drivers, thought leaders, expert clinicians and decision-makers to transform healthcare's most pressing challenges through collaboration and empowerment.
The international healthcare community sits at a critical juncture, particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic placing a spotlight on some of the industry’s biggest resource challenges.

Monday, October 5, 2020

African Oil Week: US, Africa collaboration leads agenda - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


The participation of US Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy and the US Development Finance Corporation’s Chief Development Officer in AOW Virtual highlights the importance that the United States places on fostering relationships with the continent, reports NaijaAgroNet.

When the US government launched its Prosper Africa initiative in December 2018, it did so with a vision to open markets for American businesses, grow Africa’s middle class and promote youth employment opportunities. Securing the continent’s energy future – either with its own resources or imported ones – and facilitating electrification for those Africans not yet connected to the grid have been crucial to the initiative since its inception.

Friday, October 2, 2020

CS-SUNN launches Let us do more campaign - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

Nigeria at 60 anniversary got a boost on Thursday with the launch of “Let us do more campaign” by the Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), reports NaijaAgroNet.
According to the Secretary to the Board of Trustees at CS-SUNN, Prof. Ngozi Nnam, the launch was in commemoration of the nation’s independence and a wake up call to nutrition stakeholders in the country.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

ARC, Insuretech Pula to deliver agric index insurance products - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology

The commercial subsidiary of African Risk Capacity Group (ARC Group), the ARC Ltd, has entered a partnership with Pula to deliver best-in-class agriculture index insurance products to protect African farmers from climatic risks, reports NaijaAgroNet.
Every farming season, African farmers are exposed to a wide range of climate risks including drought, excessive rainfall, pests and diseases, and several other perils that negatively affect their yields. 

As an aggregator specialising in meso and micro parametric insurance in agriculture, Pula provides the levers to connect participating farmers with regional insurance companies and global reinsurance firms to underwrite such risks.

Fish seller wins Princewill ‘Hard Worker’ award for September - NaijaAgroNet ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


After a keenly contested month, a fish seller, Destiny Abraham Nelson, has emerged winner of the monthly Princewill Trust Help the Hard Worker competition put together by the Princewills Trust, reports NaijaAgroNet.
A Rivers State-based one hundred level student of the University of Uyo, who turned fish seller to enable her pay her school fees, emerged the winner of the September, 2020 edition, after a very well contested competition, beating Nimi Jack and Oscar Nyesom to win the N100,000 cash prize.

UNICEF receives 115,800 COVID-19 test kits from IHS - NaijaAgroNet: ... Linking agrobiz, sustainable environs, people & technology


United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received the delivery of 115,800 COVID-19 test kits to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, courtesy of IHS Nigeria, reports NaijaAgroNet.

Testing remains the mainstay of the response led by the Presidential Task Force and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the first step towards diagnosing the infection. Tests enable health officials to understand the COVID-19 status of an individual and link that person to care, support and treatment while contributing to the protection of families and communities.