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Osinbajo leads collaboration with UN to tackle hunger, malnutrition

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
30 June 2021   |   3:06 am
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is to lead the Federal Government’s collaboration with the United Nations to improve Nigeria’s food systems.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is to lead the Federal Government’s collaboration with the United Nations to improve Nigeria’s food systems.

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire (left); Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; United Nations, Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed; Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono during the National Consolidatory Dialogue on the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 in Abuja…yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

This, according to the office of the Vice President, is in line with the administration’s agenda to lift 100 million Nigerians from poverty within a decade and the globally acclaimed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A statement signed by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, yesterday, explained that the effort is to address the menace of hunger, combat malnutrition and reduce poor diet-related diseases among others.

The statement further explained that the Federal Government and the United Nations had led series of public dialogues at national and sub-national levels, culminating in yesterday’s presentation of the Nigeria Food Systems mapping report to state governments across the six geo-political zones.

Specifically, Osinbajo made the presentation at a Consolidatory Dialogue for the UN Food Systems Summit held in Abuja, attended by some state governors, the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Ms. Amina Mohammed, members of the Federal Executive Council, Nigeria’s development partners and other dignitaries from the academia, private and public sectors.

Speaking at the event, the Vice President said aside from the goal of realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and guaranteeing food security for a growing population, the sustainable food systems effort fits into the plan of the Buhari administration to eliminate poverty across Nigeria.

According to the Vice President, “for the government of Nigeria, our commitment to sustainable food systems is one of the key strategies for eliminating poverty across Nigeria.

“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.”