Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has launched a policy on food and nutrition, which is expected to be implemented with 9.
7 billion US dollars, to stem food crisis in the country in the next decade.
Officials said Thursday the money is needed to tackle protein-energy malnutrition, deficiency in critical micro-nutrients such as vitamin A, iron, zinc, iodine and obesity, as well as poverty and HIV/AIDS.
The implementation of the policy is expected to improve the health condition of the most vulnerable in the society, especially women and children, reduce poverty by 10 percent by 2010 and reduce starvation and chronic hunger through increased food intake.
"As we resolve to combat malnutrition, we must not forget other useful concomitants such as good health, food security, quality education, safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation," President Olusegun Obasanjo said while launching the policy in Abuja this week.
He said the campaign to eradicate poverty required the collective efforts of both the public and private sectors.
"Government agencies such as the national poverty eradication programme and the World Bank-funded poverty reduction strategy would naturally be expected to draw inspiration from the policy," the President said, and urged the private sector "to join government crusade in the transformation of the lives of our impoverished children and mothers through better nutrition.
" The number of Nigerians facing food insecurity has risen from 18 percent in 1986 to more than 50 percent in 2002, according to the Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Magnus Kpakol.