Nigeria's minister of agriculture Professor Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah said that Nigeria has become the "bread basket of Africa" and encouraged the World Food Programme (WFP) to look into the nation's perceived potential to feed the entire continent.
According to Nigeria's Tribune.com, Abdullah spoke on behalf of the Federal Government when he made the announcement after receiving a delegation from the U.N. Agency in Abuja.
Abdullah added that Nigeria recently sold 20,000 tons of grain to the WFP to aid in its relief efforts in the Republics of Niger and Chad.
According to a report
by Shuhei Shimada at Kyoto University, Nigeria's food exports first began increasing in the 1980s, especially in the production of rice, cassava, maize and yams. Food production apparently followed a steady increase after the government created policies to encourage the growth in place of the old laissez-faire model, and completely skyrocketed when its Structural Adjustment Program was put into place.
At least 41.5 percent of Nigeria's total GDP comes from its exports in agriculture, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).