Thursday, September 09, 2021

FG approves national multisectoral plan on food, nutrition - ITREALMS

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The Federal Government has approved the National Policy on Food and Nutrition (NPFN) for the country, reports ITREALMS.
]This, ITREALMS gathered formed the basis of a National Multi sectoral Plan of Action for Food (NMPFAN) and Nutrition, which paves the way for a budget line for food and nutrition in all MDAs and hopefully in the three tiers of government in the country.

These were the words of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting held Wednesday 8th September 2021 in Abuja. 

The approval of the NMPFAN 2021-2025 by the Federal Government comes barely 5 days, after the Nasarawa State government unveiled the State’s Multisectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition.

CS-SUNN congratulates the government of Nigeria, the National Committee on Food and Nutrition and all nutrition stakeholders on this feat. The approval of the NMPFAN 2021-2025, is a step in the right direction towards strengthening synergy among sectors as well as government and partners initiatives towards improving nutrition in Nigeria. If effectively implemented, the NMPFAN 2021-2025, will reduce the proportion of people who suffer malnutrition by 50 percent and increase exclusive breastfeeding rate to 65 percent in Nigeria. It also aims to reduce stunting rate among under-five-year-olds to 18 percent by 2025 through the scaling up of high-impact nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions.

CS-SUNN under the PINNS and SUN Movement Pooled Fund projects supported Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Nasarawa, Lagos, Enugu, Oyo, Kwara, Rivers and Imo state governments to domesticate the NPFN and the NMPFAN. It would interest you to know that Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Nasarawa, Lagos, Enugu and Oyo state governments have approved their State Policies on Food and Nutrition and State Multisectoral Plans of Action for Nutrition. However, Kwara, Imo and Rivers states are yet to.

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