The Federal Government of Nigeria, Nollywood celebrities, Oyo state government and food giant, Nestle, have endorsed the 2019 Nutritious Food Fair (NFF) aimed at combatting malnutrition, especially among women and children. The NFF is an annual event organised by HarvestPlus and its sectoral partners, including International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the private sector to raise the awareness needed to change the narrative of malnutrition in Nigeria.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono said addressing malnutrition and meeting nutrition targets of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) would inject additional $29 billion into Nigeria’s national income. “Therefore, addressing malnutrition challenges is not only social service but economic strategy,” Nanono, who was represented by the Director of Agriculture, Engr. Frank Satumari, said at the press conference held at the IITA, Ibadan.
The three-day NFF programme holding from November 13 to 15, 2019, will be officially opened on November 13 by Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, in the presence of ministers and other top dignitaries.
“Over 10,000 participants from eight countries, but mostly from across Nigeria are expected to take part in the fair themed ’Nutrition is everyone’s business’,” said Paul Ilona, Country Director for HarvestPlus. Tribune