CS-SUNN Advocates Increased Investment To Eradicate Multiple Burdens Of Malnutrition
A non governmental organization, Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria,CS-SUNN has called on government at all levels to increase investment in nutritional multi sectoral plan of action in food and nutrition in the country.
The Executive Secretary of organization, Mrs Beatrice Eluaka made the call at a news conference to commemorate the 2019 World Food Day in Abuja.
Mrs. Eluaka said more investment in nutrition would go a long way to eradicate the multiple burdens of malnutrition which include stunting, communicable and non communicable diseases.
”Nigeria has the highest burden of stunting in Africa and is the second highest in the world next to India. The country’s current nationwide childhood under-nutrition indicator stands at 37% stunting, 7% wasting and 23% underweight (NDHS, 2018),”Eluake said.
She said that sustainable development goals which include nutrition required political will backed by action by all stakeholders.
”it is important to note that in spite of significant interventions in defeating malnutrition, the gains have slowed down in recent years, with an increase in the global undernourished population from 784 million in 2014 to nearly 821 million in 2017.”
“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,’’
The executive secretary stressed the need for every Nigerian to limit the consumption of foods that are highly concentrated in salt, sugar trans and saturated fats.
“Every Nigerian should make adequate nutrition and zero hunger a part of their lives by getting familiar with the country’s dietary guidelines, eating more diversified diets, understanding nutrition labels and being more physically active,’’
Also speaking at the occasion, Deputy Director, Nutrition Crop Protection and Food Safety, Federal ministry of Agriculture and rural development Mr Oyeleke Razak urged Nigerians to complement government efforts at the ensuring the production of healthy food to citizenry.
Participants at event pledged commitment to transform Nigeria into a country where every citizens would have access to nutritional food.
The theme for this years food day is “our action for our future, healthy diets for zero hunger world.