Nigeria to Forge Pathway for Food System Transformation – Official

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In a bid to enhance security and alleviate unemployment, Nigeria is embarking on the development of an implementation strategy for Food System Transformation Pathway, targeting the nation’s youth and women.

Dr. Sanjo Faniran, the National Convenor of the UN Food Systems and Director of Social Development at the Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, made this announcement in Abuja.

Dr. Faniran emphasized that this strategy would tackle issues such as poverty, insufficient supply of nutritious food, and the lack of dietary diversity within the country. Furthermore, it would address concerns such as stunted growth, chronic malnutrition, underweight, anemia, and diet-related noncommunicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

The national food systems transformation endeavors to achieve several goals by 2030, including the promotion of sustainable food trade, an increase in the Agriculture Index Score for women’s empowerment, and an improved Environmental Performance Index score.

These food system pathways are designed to enhance the productivity and sustainability of Nigeria’s food system, prioritize health and nutrition, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and foster socio-economic development.

Implementing these pathways necessitates a collaborative effort and engagement from multiple stakeholders at all levels to ensure the successful attainment of the objectives.

To this end, the ministry has scheduled zonal workshops in Kano on Monday and Awka, Anambra on Thursday, in partnership with the Kano State Government, World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, IFAD, GAIN, and AGRA.

The Kano consultation workshop aims to gather input from all the Northern States, fostering the development of a comprehensive and inclusive implementation strategy.

Dr. Faniran stressed that the consultation workshops would serve as platforms to gather perspectives from stakeholders, particularly state actors involved in the Food System Value Chain. This approach aims to fortify and ensure an inclusive and collectively supported plan, considering the diverse professional, technical, and socio-economic viewpoints of all involved parties.

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