The quality of life of a people is largely defined by food. Food production is therefore a basic necessity. Food production within a country gives a good basis for economic development. Food is one of the most basic needs of man; there is no replacement for food. Except for temporary distaste occasioned by sickness, any prolonged abstention from food is bound to produce unpleasant composure and discomfort. Every right thinking person or government takes food availability very serious.
Africa’s over dependent on other nations for food is a security issue. The age-long term food security referring to a nation’s ability to feed it’s populace and having enough reserves for emergency situations over a period of time, does not apply to many African countries. Rather, many African nations are food insecure.
Food is connected with intelligence. An experiment with 500 kids in an Asian country showed that the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) varied among the kids in relation to the levels of poverty, which directly relates to the quality of feeding in general. Food is as well connected with growth and even longevity. According to statistics, about 30% of children under five in Sub-Saharan Africa are under-nourished. All these indicate that the children would not be able to reach their potentials in life and translates to lower national productivity and under-development.