Food Day: ActionAid canvasses global community collaboration on Lake Chad Basin

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By Felicia Imohimi
ActionAid, an international NGO, has called for collaboration of global community to support the recharging of Lake Chad Basin to address the plight of people that had been displaced due to the reduction of the lake.
Andrew Mamedu, Country Director, ActionAid, made the appeal at the commemoration of World Food Day on Monday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Food Day observed annually on Oct. 16, has as it theme ““Water is Life, Water is Food. Leave No One Behind”.
He said global community could come together to support the recharging of the lake.
Mamedu, who said Lake Chad Basin has reduced by 90 per cent, added that recharging it would affect 30 to 50 million people that have been displaced.
According to him, two third of Nigerian population do not have access to potable water and a lot of things need to be done both at local, community and national levels.
He said: “These are the global action we are pushing for and we will join the Ministries of Agriculture and Food Security and that of Water Resources, keep collaborating to push for issues of right to food and water.
“We work with community, working with partners like Oxfam and other organisations to do this working side by side with the ministry to ensure that food is guaranteed in Nigeria.
“We believe that at the end of the day government pays more attention to delivering food security to its citizenry which is a right as signed into law.” (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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