Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, says the Federal Government and state governments are designing an ‘Operation Feed Yourself’ initiative to encourage the establishment of urban farms and small home gardens as part of other efforts to address malnutrition and related challenges in the country.
Osinbajo stated this recently at a meeting on nutrition attended by United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, governors, representatives of development partners including UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Aliko Dangote Foundation, amongst others.
According to a statement by the VP’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, the plan for ‘Operation Feed Yourself’ is one of three major plans arising from the UN-backed Food Systems Dialogues, to advance the fight against malnutrition. The statement was titled, ‘Nigeria plans Operation Feed Yourself to counter malnutrition’.
Osinbajo was quoted as saying, “There are practical steps that can be taken by the states and federal government in the next 12 months. I think that some of the suggestions are important, especially those that have come from the UN Food System Dialogue.”
“The establishment of urban farms and homestead gardens is what we plan to do. This is simply something that we think should be a mass appeal to citizens in the states, and the encouragement we can give them so that individuals and schools develop their own farms and homestead gardens.” Punch