By Adedapo Adesanya The United Nations (UN) through its Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is partnering with the Ondo government to support the state with more initiatives to boost food production as it promotes and sustain the agriculture value chain. This was made known by Mr David Tsokar, Communications Specialist, FAO Nigeria, following a courtesy visit of Mr Fred Kafeero, FAO Representative in Nigeria, to the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Orimisan Aiyedatiwa. Mr Kafeero, who is also FAO Representative to the Economic Organisation of the West African States (ECOWAS), said the vision was to transform agriculture in the state. He said that agriculture could be transformed by lifting the status of the sector from its current position to the right trajectory which resulted in the need to seek collaboration with reliable and competent partners. He reiterated the readiness of FAO to collaborate with Ondo State considering the vast agriculture potentials existing in the state waiting to be fully harnessed for the improvement of livelihood through sustainable development. The FAO representative said that developing agriculture value chains provided the much-desired push for economic growth, employment and increased incomes to households, and therefore called for wider partnerships. Mr Kafeero also proposed stronger collaboration of the state with more UN agencies, private sector and civil society organisations. He urged the state to take advantage of a global flagship partnership programme undertaken by FAO and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) called 3ADI+ (Accelerator for Agriculture and Agroindustry Development and Innovation). \u201cWhen we bring our technical expertise together, then we are able to attract other financing institutions to be able to work on particular value chains; we know cocoa is key in Ondo state,\u201d he stated. On his part, Mr Aiyedatiwa said agriculture was one of the major drivers of the present administration in the state. \u201cOndo is the highest producer of cocoa in the country; we would like to get support on accessing funding for agriculture, sericulture, investment in large scale ranching. \u201cWe are ready to provide the land, support in irrigation, aquaculture \u2013 floating fish rearing system, forest management, among others,\u201d he said. The Deputy Governor said the state-owned poultry hatchery had become moribund, thus investment advice, technical support and private sector investment were needed to revive the facility. He, however, urged FAO to fast-track the implementation of the second phase of FAO\u2019s technical assistance to the state on the pilot feedlot cattle fattening systems. \u201cThere is a need to save the breed of the cattle (Muturu) indigenous to humid forest zones of the state from going extinct,\u201d he added.