Making progress against and eventually eradicating malnutrition requires the skills and expertise of all sectors of society. This was part of the submissions at a recent engagement by the SUN (scaling up nutrition) network in Lagos state, Nigeria. The event, which took place at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos identified some of the progress made in improving nutrition through the private sector engagement, over the last 5 years.
“In most countries, especially countries like Nigeria where the vast majority of people obtain their food from markets, there cannot be any lasting solutions without the active engagement of the private sector”, informed Mrs. Ibiso Ivy King -Harry, the organisations national coordinator.
The private sector, she stressed must be enabled to play a full and active part in supporting measures to address malnutrition, protein deficiency and the challenges with making safe and nutritious foods more available and affordable for Nigerians through their investments.
She noted that: “all private actors in our food system from farmers and fishermen to those who process, those who sell the finished products, and all those who support these activities whether with financing or logistics and other services are important in achieving this aim.”
Mrs. King-Harry adds that: “businesses that join the network are encouraged to make signed commitments which align with their value chain to achieve scalable results in improving demand for and access to nutritious food for Nigerians”. She also said that public-private partnerships (or PPPs) are key to improving nutrition and the SUN network has established alliances and facilitated partnerships to enhance the enabling environment for businesses in food and nutrition. The Nation