The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved a five-year nutrition action plan that will help to reduce hunger and malnutrition across the country.
Spokesman to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, December 15. The plan was approved by the National Council on Nutrition, which is chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Titled the “National Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition (NMPFAN) 2021-2025”, the plan will guide the implementation of interventions and programs to address 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 the 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 and implementation of strategies aimed at improving the nutritional status of Nigerians by tackling undernutrition and stunting, among others,” the statement reads.