Abuja - Minister of State for Budget and
National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has appealed to development partners to
complement government initiatives to curb malnutrition.
The call comes as the Federal Government seeks new and
cost-effective ways to address undernourishment in the country.
“We are hoping, with the support of development partners
that this review will help us to find a new way and means in which malnutrition
will be addressed in a very cost-effective manner in Nigeria,” Udoma said at a
Stakeholders’ Dialogue on the Reviewed National Policy on Food and Nutrition.
The event has been held in Abuja.
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Ahmed said the National Policy on Food and Nutrition
would help the country to look at
different ways food will be processed by Nigerian mothers so that they could
give balanced diets to their children.
The policy is a ten-year blueprint which is the output of
the hard work of stakeholders and experts who worked in varying capacities to
produce a qualitative work of international standard.
The Minister also disclosed the Ministry is working with a
quite large number of development partners to raise awareness as well as
programmes that will cascade down to the grassroots level with a view to
educating and encouraging mothers to farm basic foods like vegetables within
their backyard to feed their children in a bid fill the nutrition gaps.
World Bank Lead Specialist (Social Protection and Labour),
Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, hailed government for the National Policy on Food and
“It is pleasurable and heart-warming to see that the issue
is being prioritized with the new government,” Okunmadewa said.
It is reported that each year, no less than 1 million Nigerian
children die before their fifth birthday as a result of malnutrition.
- CAJ News