UN OFFICIAL URGES FOCUS ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT TO LIFT MILLIONS OUT OF POVERTY

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New York, Feb 22 2012  1:05PM
A top United Nations official today <“http://www.ifad.org/media/press/2012/13.htm”>committed to pull up to 90 million people out of poverty by 2015 and help small farmers and all those in rural areas to realize their potential in eliminating hunger and promoting development.

“Smallholder farmers can feed themselves and they can help feed the world,” Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), said in his opening <“http://www.ifad.org/events/op/2012/gc.htm”>address to the agency’s Governing Council.

“The time has come for smallholders to play their rightful role in contributing to economic growth and food security,” he told the gathering of world leaders, global policy-makers, farmers and government ministers.

Mr. Nwanze noted that agriculture is a growth industry. With the world population expected to pass 9 billion by 2050, demand for food is guaranteed to rise in the coming years.

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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