The Federal Government and the United Nations recently disclosed a collaboration to tackle hunger and malnutrition affecting Nigerians with a Food Systems Summit Dialogue, FSSD, in September 2021.
This was made known via a recent webinar for journalists on the Nigerian National Food Systems Dialogue, FSSD. The dialogue will hold in the six geopolitical zones of the country as part of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), as there will be a series of dialogues across the country to chart pathways towards ensuring resilient, inclusive and sustainable food systems in Nigeria by 2030.
The UN priorities will support evidence-based guidance on healthy and sustainable food and diets to transform food systems; implementation and enforcement of policies to create healthy food environments for children; provide large scale food fortification and to make improvements to the food supply in Nigeria.
According to the UN Secretary-General in his latest policy brief on food security, he stated that there is more than enough food in the world to feed the world’s population of 7.8 billion people. But, today, more than 820 million people are hungry, the food systems are failing, and the COVID-19 pandemic is making things worse.
Another United Nations Representative, Mr. Edward Kallon said: said: “sustainable food systems do not have to just end hunger, we need to put in place system that ensures we produce enough food for the coming generation without compromising the ability of future generations to have access to adequate food and proper nutrition.”
“It is in the light of this that the UN and federal government of Nigeria are bringing together key players in science, policy, business, health care, farming organizations, youth organizations, consumer groups, food processing, environmental activists, and most importantly the media to help tackle the problem of malnutrition.” Vanguard