CS-SUNN urges government at all levels to Prioritize food and nutrition needs of the poorest and vulnerable households

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CS-SUNN urges government at all levels to Prioritize food and nutrition needs of the poorest and vulnerable households

By:Femi Mustapha

Civil Society-Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria  CS-SUNN has
Urged government at all levels to Prioritize the food and nutrition needs of the poorest and most vulnerable households in Nigeria by expanding and improving emergency food assistance and social protection programmes

The Executive Secretary of the Group Beatrice Eluaka  stated this in a statement  to  mark the World Food Day and  made available to media in kaduna yesterday.

Eluaka also said the government must approve and implement the National Multisectoral Plan of Action for Nutrition to guarantee optimal nutritional status for Nigerians through accelerating the scaling up of priority high impact nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions with focus on the most vulnerable, especially women, children and internally displaced persons.

Speaking on the theme of the 2020 World Food Day  “Grow, Nourish, Sustain, Together. Our Actions, Our Future.”  the CS-SUNN Executive Secretary disclosed that    it is important to note that in recent times, though some significant progress has been made in improving agricultural productivity and ensuring nutrition security, food systems are out of balance.

She added that  Malnutrition, hunger, obesity, environmental degradation, loss of agro-biological diversity, food loss/waste and a lack of security for food chain workers are only some of the issues that underline this imbalance.

Eluaka said CS-SUNN urges the
government at all levels to:
Prioritize the food and nutrition needs of the poorest and most vulnerable households in Nigeria by expanding and improving emergency food assistance and social protection programmes.

” Approve and implement the National Multisectoral Plan of Action for Nutrition to guarantee optimal nutritional status for Nigerians through accelerating the scaling up of priority high impact nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions with focus on the most vulnerable, especially women, children and internally displaced persons.

” Prioritize nutrition in Nigeria by improving budgetary allocations, releasing and cash backing those allocations while ensuring transparency and accountability in use of funds directed at addressing malnutrition.

“Extend the current 4 months maternity leave for nursing mothers to 6 months to enable them exclusively to breastfeed their babies.

” Prioritize Nigeria’s Food fortification agenda and ensure an Improved integration of fortification regulatory monitoring into overall food inspection system. This will go a long way in tackling the challenge of “hidden hunger” and micronutrient deficiencies in Nigeria.

“Promote climate-smart and environmentally friendly agricultural practices to preserve the Earth’s natural resources, health, and the climate while also slowing the habitat destruction that contributes to disease outbreaks.”The statement reads

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