Bayelsa Food and Nutrition Committee Reviews Draft Policy

 

Bayelsa Food and Nutrition Committee Reviews Draft Policy

Bayelsa Food and Nutrition Committee Reviews Draft Policy

The Bayelsa State Committee on Food and Nutrition reviews a revised draft of the state policy on food and nutrition with a target of incorporating nutrition activities into all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs in the state as well as the local government areas.

The Committee came out with various targets aimed at increasing the nutritional status and improving food security during the first quarter meeting held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

The State Committee on Food and Nutrition in collaboration with UNICEF, Nigeria had stakeholders from different sectors coming together to discuss and make plans on how to significantly reduce malnutrition among children, women and other vulnerable groups such as those living with HIV and the elderly.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Mr Bernice Asingbi who was present at the event
noted that the prosperity administration has embarked on various projects through the various MDAs to increase food availability and quality in the state.

Mr Asingbi expressed gratitude to the representatives of UNICEF, Nigeria for their presence in the state as well as their support in funding various food and nutrition programs in the state.

Representative of UNICEF Nigeria, Mrs Ada Ezeogwu pointed out that the Committee was set up to coordinate the food and nutrition activities of MDAs, Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders in order to amplify input from different sectors in the state.

She urged all stakeholders to review the draft and ensure that they begin to work on the strategies to improve food harvesting, preparation and quality including promoting healthy life styles for all age groups.

Chairperson of Civil Society Scale up Nutrition in Nigeria, CS-SUNN, Bayelsa State, Mrs Unity Ototo who gave a presentation on the activities of the organization noted that they are working hard to address malnutrition which has become a public health concern in Bayelsa State.

The meeting had in attendance representatives from the Ministries, Civil Society Organizations, agencies and local government officials.

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