Why Covid-19 mortality is low in Nigeria – HOMEF


By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

Mariann Bassy-Orovwuje, Coordinator Food Sovereignty Program, Friends of the Earth Africa, has opined that the low Covid-19 mortality rate in Nigeria is due to the wide consumption of organic foods.

She stated this during a media ‘Training on Agroecology as a viable Solution to Climate and Food Crisis,’ in Abuja recently.

The training was organised by the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF).

In a presentation titled ‘Agroecology as a Viable Solution to the Climate Crises’, she said eating organic foods has enhanced the immune system of Nigerians.
She said Climate change impacts food sovereignty in many ways, including the direct destruction of agriculture by floods, droughts and other extreme weather events.

According to her, in proffering solution to the food crisis in the continent, Policy makers tend to listen to ideas suggested by corporations and international donor agencies. 

“These are often alien to local circumstances, knowledge and preferences. These lead to crazy ideas such as climate smart agriculture rather than culture smart agriculture. These promote GMOs and GDOs.
“Poor examples would include the growing list of false solutions promoted by corporate actors to secure and legitimize their control of our food systems, such as climate smart agriculture, sustainable agricultural intensification and carbon capture.  

Speaking earlier, the Director, HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey said that the newly approved genetically modified TELA Maize variety by the Federal Government was rejected by the United States Government and Kenya. 

“It is unfortunate that Nigeria has become a dumping ground for junk technologies that have been rejected in other countries,” he added.

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