International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.6 (6), pp. 83-89, June 2018
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Original Research Article
Sustainable development goals and food security: Incorporating innovative farming techniques in times of Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria
1Mukhtar, F. B. and *2Haruna, U
1Department of Plant Biology, Bayero University Kano, Kano State, Nigeria.
2Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author: uharuna77(at)gmail.com
Tel.: +234 806 845 2020
At the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), food security remained a major challenge to Nigeria which has to be overcome by 2030 following the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nigeria still depends on import of major food staples like rice. The fact that the country is going through economic recession has raised the poverty level which makes access to food more challenging. There is also the insecurity problem as a result of insurgence by extremist groups like the Niger Delta militants in the South-south, Boko Haram in the North-east and clashes between herdsmen and farmers. These factors pose risks to achieving food security in the Nation which is vital for national development. Boko Haram has drastically reduced food production as farmers fled their homes and abandoned their farms out of fear with majority of displaced people still in camps and residences of family and friends in the urban areas, the need to find innovative ways to increase food availability in the Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps cannot be overemphasized. There is therefore an urgent need to identify innovative farming techniques as focused in this paper, which can be applied to increase food availability and provide means of livelihood to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The techniques explored will require to be researched on and field tested for successful adaptation.
Key words: Sustainable development goals, food security, Boko Haram, insurgency, risk factors.