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Partnerships sought to address malnutrition

11 March 2016, 20:45

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.

Also read: Gates and Dangote team up against malnutrition in Nigeria

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 Nutrition.

“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


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