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Nigeria: Addressing Food Security Through Biotechnology

The Tuta Absoluta scourge which has severely attacked tomato production in Nigeria in the recent months has shown yet again, how vulnerable Nigeria’s food security readiness is.

Nigeria with an estimated population of over 180 million is confronted with challenges of food insecurity, poverty and inadequate health care and a recent projection by the United Nations in a recently released report, “World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision”, projects that Nigeria’s population, currently the seventh largest in the world, is growing most rapidly and will surpass that of the United States by 2050 at which point it would become the third largest in the world, standing just behind India and China.

It is evident that as the population grows, the available land for agricultural purpose will continue to decrease. The need to feed ourselves will even become more acute, requiring producing more from receding parcels of land and heightening the need to be constantly prepared against our production potentials especially from pests and weeds.

HCC Public Information Office

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