Feeding futures 2018
The maiden conference of Feeding Futures Africa (FFA2018) held on Tuesday, 14th and Wednesday, 15th at the Lagos City Hall, Lagos Island in Lagos. The conference organized by Human and Environmental Developmental Agenda (HEDA) in partnership with OXFAM and other Development stakeholders was attended by over 300 participants drawn from the agriculture and food production sector, human development agencies, financial institutions, entrepreneurship support groups as well as government’s ministries, department and agencies (MDAs). FFA2018 conceived as a forum for harnessing the potentials of wide-range of stakeholders cutting across large, medium and small-scale holders in the agriculture and food production sector in Nigeria featured various activities including plenary, special training sessions, exhibition, talk-show and competition.
The conference whose core objective was to promote agriculture and food production in meeting the mandate of food security served as a platform of interaction, exposure and empowerment for new generation of farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture and food production sector.
The Conference paraded an assemblage of experienced and skilled professionals, policy actors from MDAs of government as well as personnel from entrepreneurial and financial institutions whose resourceful presentations set the tones for engaging deliberations on the challenges confronting farmers and other stakeholders in the food production sector.
The Conference broadened the horizon of knowledge of participants who were provided information relevant for engaging in successful agro-preneurship. The Conference offered windows of opportunities for partnership and institutional supports that could be leverage upon by potential as well as existing agro-preneurs. The Conference also provided relevant information to help women and youth unleash their potentials in agro -business towards economic empowerment, job opportunities and wealth creation.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the Conference, participants pledged to organize themselves into cooperative societies to explore the wide range of opportunities in the agro-allied sector of the economy. Participants were eager to explore the huge windows of opportunities for wealth creation in farming, food processing and packaging in the agricultural value chains.