Post Covid-19: Food Crisis Looms

8 Jun 2020

Hi Folks,

Trust you are keeping well. We are fast settling down to our everyday life even though things are never going to be the same in the world.

As nations and organizations make plans to return to business as usual, a major concern that doesn’t seem to be trending is the impending food crisis, going by the fact that borders have been locked and countries restricting movement; it is definitely going to be a hard start.

It was in this line of thought that I fell upon the gist that former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo flagged off his 50,000 pieces fish farm in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

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The former President, warned against post Covid-19 food crisis in Africa, urging governments on the continent to rise to the challenge.
He spoke at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library OOPL lake pond, Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he flagged off the fish farming project, over the weekend.
No fewer than 50,000 pieces of sub-adult fish from the Catfish and Tilapia species were released for acclimatization and subsequent growth inside the lake pond.
The visibly elated Obasanjo said the new farm idea came from his thinking out of the box, “as what is next after the Corona virus pandemic in the world, will be food crisis in Africa.
 “I think we have to take the issue of post Covid-19 seriously. I believe most African governments have to find how to be self-sufficient in essential food items production ahead of the the food crisis likely to be experienced.
“I want to advise African governments to embark on massive food production as part of measure to prepare for the post Covid-19 era in Africa.
“There may be food problem in the continent after the Covid-19 pandemic. We must think out of the box to get this solved now. Food must be made available,” Obasanjo said.
You wouldn’t expect less from a former president and a farmer. would you?
As a matter of fact, individuals should consider go to farm too; that lovely green space at your back yard or the parcel of land you inherited might be the saving grace. Start thinking.
Remember to make someone smile today with your acts of kindness.
Ilupeju B