Why Over 20 Per Cent Of African Food Production Is Wasted, By Osinbajo

Why Over 20 Per Cent Of African Food Production Is Wasted, By Osinbajo

More than 20 per cent of food in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, is lost to post-harvest inadequacies, including poor storage, poor rural infrastructure and non-automation of food processing.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), made this known on Tuesday during the preparatory meeting of the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021.

The pre-summit is a prelude to the global event scheduled for Rome, Italy in September 2021, which the Vice President described as crucial.

He noted that the situation had been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to acute food insecurity on the continent and raising serious concerns among stakeholders.

According to him, “post-harvest losses in Africa, and particularly in Nigeria, are more than 20 per cent of production for several food groups. And this is due mainly to poor storage, poor rural infrastructure and non-automation of food processing, among other things”.

“The situation in many African countries is given increased urgency with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to growing levels of acute food insecurity. This is of great concern to all of us, especially if we recall that prior to the pandemic, the prevalence of severe food insecurity was as high as 22 per cent,” he said.

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