With obesity currently at 7.8 per cent and about one in three children stunted in Nigeria, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has called on the Federal Government to prioritise ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition in the country. According to the organisation, the current figure of 19.9 per cent stunted and underweight children in Nigeria is higher than the globally acceptable number. Added to this is the alarming rate of obesity in adults, as 48.5 per cent of women of reproductive age were noted to be anemic.
Country Representative of the FAO, Sufyan Koroma, pointed out that the 2019 World Food Day (WFD) was a call to action for government, farmers, researchers and the private sector to make healthy and sustainable diets accessible and affordable to everyone. To realise this, Koroma stressed the importance of providing better incentives to farmers to produce high-quality food, urging the government to adopt policies that prioritise the availability and affordability of safe and nutritious foods. He added that research institutions must also provide the best scientific advice and push the boundaries of knowledge and technology. According to him, the private sector can positively influence the food environment by adapting its products to the modern nutritional recommendation. Guardian