Article from ROAPE Volume 6 Number 15/16
Dependent Food Policy in Nigeria 1975-79
Oil rich Nigeria is increasingly an importer of basic foods. This is a direct consequence of colonial and immediate post-colonial agricultural policy which concentrated on the production of cash crops for export. In an apparent attempt to become self-sufficient in food, Nigerian governments have in the last few years gone in for large schemes often involving irrigation, benefiting the rich farmers. These schemes have required the importing of the products of multinational agri-business, including livestock. Oculi argues for a genuinely self-sufficient strategy involving the mobilisation of the mass of the farmers and based on indigenous agricultural inputs.