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Covid-19 Worsens Global Food Insecurity - Benue Deputy Governor

Benue State State Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu has disclosed that the COVID-19 pandemic has shattered the world economies and worsened global food insecurity, affecting the vulnerable households in almost every country, with its impacts expected to continue through 2021 and beyond.

He said that the pandemic raises the alarm on the urgent need to transform the world's food systems and rethink rapidly how we produce, process, market, consume our food and dispose our waste.

Engr. Abounu who delivered the keynote address spoke today at the 45th Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), with the theme " Food Security and Sustainability in a Post Covid-19 Era, at Benue Peoples House, Makurdi. 

Engr Benson Abounu, who is the chairman of the Benue State Action Committee on COVID-19 stated that Covid-19 has reduced global incomes, disrupted the food supply chain and caused widespread hunger, which is on the rise due to various factors including conflict and its social-economic consequences. 

To mitigate food security in a post-COVID-19 era, he suggested actions to take to reshape and build resilient food systems that will protect people during and beyond the crisis. 

EBengr. Abounu, who also represented Governor Ortom at the event and declared the conference open, called for a food system that is in balance with the needs of the global population and the limits of our planet, and the leveraging of investments in COVID-19 response and recovery needs to achieve the longer term goal of a more inclusive and sustainable world.

  Earlier, the President of NIFST, Prof. Maduebibisi, Ofo Iwe, on behalf of the Institute, expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Governor and outlined the importance of food and nutrition security, and its global threat occasioned by Covid-19. 

He also assured of the Institute capacity towards sustained food production, processing and preservation in Nigeria and also, averting dangers associated with food insecurity.

The conference is being attended by food scientists, Academia, Food processing Companies, Government Institutions, Students, etc., from all over the country

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Abounu Benson Abounu Benue State Makurdi.

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