AN ANALYSIS OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY AND FOOD SECURITY IN NIGERIA

Authors

  • Musa Mohammed Bello, Ph.D Federal University of Technology, Babura, Jigawa State - Nigeria
  • Jibrin Ubale Yahaya, Ph.D National Open University of Nigeria
  • Isyaku Adamu Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano State

Keywords:

Food Insecurity, Sustainable Development, Poverty, Unemployment

Abstract

The traditional advantages of agriculture to any society have been the production of enough food and the eradication of extreme poverty. In the meantime, despite Nigeria's agrarian culture, food insecurity and poverty have recently drawn the attention of academics and decision-makers alike. In light of these circumstances, secondary data was gathered for this study. But this study looked at the relationship between food security, agriculture, and reducing poverty.  Petroleum is considered a more viable resource for economic development, so the government has neglected the agricultural sector, leading to Nigeria's rapid rise as a major food importer as a result of the petroleum discovery activity. As a result of this policy makers action, the nation was quickly split into high- and low-income segments.  A very small percentage of the population benefited from the wealth created by oil, but sadly, food insecurity was the result of the population's inability to pay the skyrocketing costs of imported foods. Even so, a significant proportion of Nigerians continue to work in agriculture, albeit in subsistence. The major issue of contention in our research is to identify underlying causes of food insecurity, its ramifications, and its potential solution to reverse the problems Nigeria faced—as well as the coping strategies employed to deal with the problems by putting policies in place intended to reduce poverty and hunger in Nigeria in particular and throughout Africa in general all have been highlighted in this paper. As a result, this study offers the policymakers of Nigeria and other African nations the following recommendations, when reducing poverty is the primary goal of the policymakers, agricultural value added and food production should be a crucial policy that cannot be compromised. Thus, whenever these policymakers wish to lower poverty, they should start implementing policies that will increase food production and agricultural value-added programs.

Author Biographies

Musa Mohammed Bello, Ph.D, Federal University of Technology, Babura, Jigawa State - Nigeria

General Studies Unit,
Federal University of Technology, Babura

Jibrin Ubale Yahaya, Ph.D, National Open University of Nigeria

Department of Political Science,
National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja

Isyaku Adamu, Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano State

Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano State

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Published

2024-04-16

How to Cite

Bello, M. M., Yahaya, J. U., & Adamu, I. (2024). AN ANALYSIS OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY AND FOOD SECURITY IN NIGERIA. Journal of Political Discourse, 2(1 (2), 45–60. Retrieved from https://jopd.com.ng/index.php/jopdz/article/view/111