CS-SUNN calls for political will backed by action to eradicate malnutrition
By: Femi Mustapha
The Civil Society-Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) has said eradication of multiple burdens of malnutrition such as stunting, wasting micronutrients deficiencies and other diet-related non-communicable diseases required political will backed by action.
Executive Secretary CS-SUNN, Mrs Beatrice Eluaka made the assertion while briefing newsmen as part of the activities to commemorates 2019 World Food Day in Abuja on 16th October 2019
Acccording to her the full implementation of the national multi-sectoral plan of action for food and nutrition would improve nutrition interventions, nutrition education and help farmers diversify food production, among others.
Eluaka therefore urged governments to increase investment in nutrition and full implementation of the National Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition to tame malnutrition in Nigeria.
She explained that the full implementation of the national multi-sectoral plan of action for food and nutrition would improve nutrition interventions, nutrition education and help farmers diversify food production, among others.
“The alliance urges farmers to diversify food production, reduce post-harvest loses and adopt sustainable agricultural methods to preserve natural resources while increasing productivity and income,’’ she said.
She added that the group emphasises the need for Nigeria to accelerate progress on eliminating hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030 to pave way for achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
Eluaka said the group called on private food production companies to introduce more nutritious foods and adhere to nutrition related regulations and standards.
She urged Nigerians to limit consumption of food that are high in salt, sugar and trans and saturated fats.
“Every Nigerian should make adequate nutrition and zero hunger a part of their lives by getting familier with the country’s dietary guidelines, eating more diversified diets, understanding nutrition labels and being more physically active,’’ he said.
She lamented that Nigeria has highest burden of stunting in Africa; Nigeria was the second highest in the world next after India, stressing that inadequate diets remains the leading risk factor for death due to non-communicable diseases.
In his remark Dr Oyeleke Abdulrazak, the Deputy Director, Head of Nutrition and Food Safety Division, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, said the federal government was determined to attain nutritionsecurity through the promotion of nutrition sensitive agriculture.
He noted that addressing malnutrition challenges was not only social service but an economic strategy, adding that the ministry adopts food based approach to tackle malnutrition challenges in the country.
The world food day is set aside to celebrate the progress made towards zero hunger goals and commemorated on Oct. 16 annually.The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Our Actions are Our Future, Healthy Diets for a zero hunger world”