By Morenike Bailey
The Federal Government is collaborating with the 36 States, under the aegis of the National Economic Council and the National Council on Nutrition, to unveil an “Operation Feed Yourself” initiative to counter malnutrition.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who spoke on Monday during a meeting on nutrition, said the move is an effort to encourage the establishment of urban farms and small home gardens, fight malnutrition, and other related challenges in the country.
A statement by the Vice President’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, disclosed that ‘Operation Feed Yourself’ is one of three major plans arising from the UN-backed Food Systems Dialogues, to advance the fight against malnutrition.
He also added that embracing the initiative will help individuals and families while generally improving food security.
The meeting was attended by United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, State Governors, representatives of development partners including UNICEF, and other officials.
Osinbajo said the states and the Federal Government will promote the establishment of urban farms and homestead gardens.
“This is simply something that we think should be a mass appeal to citizens in the States and the encouragement we can give them so that individuals and schools develop their farms or homestead gardens.
“This obviously not only helps individuals and families but the excess can be sold to others and generally improve food security.
“The establishment of Agribusiness Investment Hubs or farm settlements or farm estates or any variety of those kinds of integrated farming arrangements will improve food and nutrition security.
“What we are recommending is the sort of model that Oyo State has or any of the variety that States have. That sort is obviously recommended because of the way that it is structured and the obviously good result that they have been getting, said the Vice President.
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