The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is set to improve the access of 250,000 farmers and their household to safe and nutrition strengthened staple foods such as cassava, maize, potato and rice to tackle malnutrition.
Large population of people living in rural areas, most of whom are farmers, suffer malnutrition, from unsafe foods and nutrient deficiencies due to over reliance on staple foods, hence the introduction of the Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Staples (SNIPS) project to improve their access to safe staple foods fortified with micronutrients.
The GAIN senior project manager, supply chain for commercialisation, Godwin Ehiabhi, told a stakeholders’ meeting at the launch the project in Kaduna that the SNIPS project is expected to cover 16 local government areas in four states, which are: Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Oyo.
The five-year project, which runs 2021 to 2025 inclusive, is to improve access and consumption of safe, nutritious food by farmers in Nigeria through fortification of staple foods with micronutrients, improve workforce’s nutrition to improve the diet of workers and to support micro business farmers and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
According to him, “The project covers maize value chain in Kaduna state, rice value chain in Nasarawa state, cassava and orange fleshed sweet potato value chains in Benue and Oyo states. Maize, orange fleshed sweet potato and cassava will be fortified with micronutrients, the safety and nutrients of maize and rice will be improved, while there would be business support for the four value chains.” Blue Print