Aisha Buhari launches the National Food and Nutrition Policy

Thursday 8 September 2016
By James Bigila, Media Coordinator
Save the Children Nigeria applauds the Federal Government of Nigeria and in particular the Ministry of Budget and National planning on the recent launch of the National Food and Nutrition policy for Nigeria.
The policy which was launched on the 6th of September 2016 by the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari seeks to improve the nutritional status of all Nigerians, with particular emphasis on the most vulnerable groups, i.e., children, women, and the elderly.

The Wife of the President of Nigeria launched the Revised National Policy on Food and Nutrition and also celebrated her investiture as the Chief Nutrition Champion in Nigeria in recognition of Her commitment to the reduction of malnutrition in the country through Her pet Programme “Future Assured” which focuses on advocacy for commitment to nutrition intervention funding and ensuring food security in the country particularly in the IDPs sites and the north east/west.

Dr. Liman Mohammed, National Programme Manager WINNN (Working towards improving Nutrition in Northern Nigeria), addressing the audience at the event.

A Goodwill message was delivered by Dr. Liman Mohammed, National Programme Manager WINNN (Working towards improving Nutrition in Northern Nigeria), Save the Children International on the work we do in terms of creating awareness around Early BreastMilk Initiation, Maternal Nutrition/Nutrition in Pregnancy, Exclusive Breastfeeding, Complementary Feeding and (WASH) Water and Sanitation Hygiene. An exhibition showcasing visibility Materials such as posters and flyers with detail information on our WINNN- based programs was carried out afterwards.

Specifically, the policy seeks to improve food security at the household and aggregate levels to guarantee that families have access to safe food that is adequate (both in quantity and quality) to meet the nutritional requirements for a healthy and active life.

 It will also enhance care-giving capacity within households with respect to child feeding and child care practices, as well as addressing the care and well-being of mothers;

The policy will improve the provision of human services, such as health care, environmental sanitation, education, and community development and also improve the capacity within the country to address food and nutrition problems; and

The National food and Nutrition policy seeks to raise understanding of the problems of malnutrition in Nigeria at all levels of society, especially with respect to its causes and possible solutions.

With the alarming statistics of the World Bank on the index of malnourished children in Nigeria, the need to carry everybody along in the fight against malnutrition has become a burden on the shoulder of the First Lady of Nigeria.

It is said that food is the best medicine for human development. However, stakeholders have disclosed that the feeding culture in Nigeria does not reflect good nutrition.

Analysing the importance of nutrition, Wife of the President of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari explains the need for all Nigerians to inculcate right feeding habit as to good nutrition.

Cross section of participants at the event

Save the Children supported key activities to mark the Nutrition week and the Launch of the Food and Nutrition Policy by the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari.