Nigeria’s Losses from Beans Exportation Ban Reach $2.7 Billion

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Concerns have been raised as Nigeria reportedly lost $382.5 million annually due to the European Union’s (EU) ban on beans exportation, resulting in a total loss of $2.9 billion over the past eight years.

Stakeholders have emphasized the urgent need for Nigeria to adopt agroecology practices to not only save money but also facilitate the export of high-quality agricultural produce.

The stakeholders voiced their concerns during a recent stakeholders meeting on agroecology and climate justice, held in Abuja.

The gathering also marked the official launch of the Strategic Partnership for Agroecology and Climate Justice in West Africa (SPAC) West Africa, organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and ActionAid Nigeria.

Notable attendees included representatives from the House Committee on Agriculture Production and Services, Action Aid Nigeria, Small scale Women Farmers Organisation of Nigeria (SWOFON), All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), and the Nigeria Agribusiness (NABG).

Also present were the Women Environment Programme (WEP), the National Agency for Great Green Wall, and agricultural development program managers (ADPs) from the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In their collective communique, the stakeholders highlighted the importance of embracing agroecology as a sustainable farming method.

They pointed out that while developing countries like Nigeria only utilize 25 percent of chemical pesticides, these regions account for 99 percent of deaths caused by such pesticides.

Citing recent research by the World Health Organization (WHO), they revealed that an estimated 385 million farmers worldwide suffered from acute poisoning in 2019, with a significant number hailing from Asia and Africa.

Additionally, the stakeholders drew attention to the fact that 75 percent of smallholder women farmers surveyed in 2022 reported experiencing health challenges attributed to pesticide use.

In light of these alarming findings, the stakeholders urged political leaders to allocate increased budgets to agroecology initiatives and extension services.

They emphasized that prioritizing sustainable agricultural practices would not only help mitigate the economic losses associated with the ban on beans exportation but also improve the overall well-being and health of farmers in Nigeria.

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