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NIGERIAN GOVT LAUNCHES 1- FOOD SECURITY. NUTRITION STRATEGY

ABUJA, Nigeria’s Federal Government has launched a 10-year Agricultural Sector Food Security and Nutrition Strategy to combat malnutrition and food insecurity in thecountry.

At the launch of the strategy document here Tuesday, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Chief Audu Ogbeh voiced regret over the alarmingly poor level of food safety in the country. Ogbeh, who was represented by Prof. Abubakar Hafiz, the Deputy Governor of Kano State, said the strategy would serve to drive efforts to make food safe during the production, preparation and storage stages.

The event was co-hosted by the Ministry and the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

Hafiz called for the establishment of a National Food and Nutrition Commission to co-ordinate, collaborate and mobilise resources for the implementation of the document. He said the implementation would require collaboration between the federal, state and local governments.

Prof. Sandy Thomas, the Director of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, said the strategy would help support policy-makers in the country to make informed decisions.

Thomas added that one in three persons in Nigeria was malnourished, noting that the menace would rise if necessary actions were not taken. She suggested more investments to scale up nutrition programmes in the country

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK