The Federal Government has approved a five-year nutrition action plan that will help to reduce hunger and malnutrition across the country.
According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, the plan was approved by the National Council on Nutrition which is chaired by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The statement said the plan will help in addressing the problems of hunger and malnutrition across all sectors in Nigeria.
“The approved plan will reduce the proportion of people who suffer malnutrition by 50%; increase exclusive breastfeeding rate to 65%.
“It will also reduce stunting rate among under-five year olds to 18% by 2025 through the scaling up of priority high impact nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions.
“The plan recommends the adoption of strategies aimed at improving the nutritional status of Nigerians by tackling undernutrition, amongst others,” the statement said.
Earlier in October, the Federal Government renewed its commitment to ensuring self-sufficiency in food production and stability in prices of commodities in the country with the introduction of the Outgrow Hunger, Nigeria campaign.
Buhari declared that the objectives and strategies of Outgrow Hunger are in tandem with government’s policies, programmes and efforts on food security.
The President was quoted as saying; ”We are all familiar with the many factors that have constrained efforts to ensure self-sufficiency in food production in the country, leading to the present situation of fluctuating prices of foodstuffs.