In pursuit of a stable Food Security System in Nigeria, the United Nations has continued to partner with the Federal Government to overcome hunger and combat malnutrition. The collaborative effort has produced a robust Nigeria Food System mapping report that cuts across the six geo-political zones. This developed through series of public dialogues held at state and local government levels over a period of time.
Presenting the report at the Consolidatory Dialogue for the United Nations Food Systems Summit held in Abuja, the Vice President, Prof.YemiOsinbajo who heads the Nigerian team said “for the government of Nigeria, our commitment to the sustainable food system is one of the key strategies for eliminating poverty across Nigeria”.
The event which was attended by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Amina Mohammed, State Governors, members of the Federal Executive Council, developmental partners, and other stakeholders from the private and public sectors, provided a platform for Prof.Osinbajo to reiterate the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100 million Nigerians from poverty within the next decade.
According to the Vice President, “we know that our target of lifting a hundred million Nigerians out of poverty within a decade is only achievable if we focus on substantially improving agriculture and food systems which assure us of not just good food, but also jobs.
“This perspective on addressing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty runs through our policy frameworks, including our recently launched National Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy, and our Nutrition Policy that addresses the issues of a sustainable and nutrition-sensitive food system.”
Advocating for a more efficient food distribution system, the Vice President noted that “our food system must be resilient enough to significantly impact nutrition security, and our collective efforts must reduce the malnutrition numbers