In line with the World Food Day 2018 commemoration, Nigeria’s Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), is joining the global community to celebrate the successes of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), one of the country’s four Social Investment Programmes.
According to the Communications Advisor, Presidential Delivery Unit, Temitayo Dada in a statement on Tuesday, the Programme continues to provide quality meals and nutritional interventions to primary school children, to increase enrolment and advance academic achievement – while providing economic opportunities for local cooks and supporting small farmers.
Themed “Zero Hunger,” in reference to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 2, World Food Day, is observed annually on the 16th of October to foster global awareness and change for those suffering from hunger and malnutrition, while promoting food security.
In support of this, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a global call to leaders to accelerate action for Zero Hunger by the year 2030.
Speaking on the role of food and nutrition on education and enrolment, Ms. Nneka Folake Ikejiani, Senior Delivery Advisor, HGSF stated, “A well-nourished child will out-perform his or her peers who do not receive adequate nutrition, as the nutrients stemming from consistent, balanced meals fundamentally impact cognitive function, leading to improved academic achievement.
“By supporting the delivery of the National Home Grown School Feeding Program, the PDU has witnessed an increased enrolment of primary school students and a decrease in hunger and malnutrition among the poor”.
As evidenced by ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018’ report, 821 million people worldwide currently suffer chronic undernourishment. To address this, the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) aims to provide twelve million (12,000,000) Nigerian schoolchildren with free meals daily in all 36 states of the federation in 2018.
To support this target, Dada said the Presidential Delivery Unit works to ensure prompt payment of cooks, regular daily feeding of children and the identification of delays in the system affecting efficient delivery.
On World Food Day 2018, the Presidential Delivery Unit urged Nigerians to patronise local producers, adopt a nutritious diet, and support initiatives that provide sustenance for those in need.
The Presidential Delivery Unit was established to drive and support priority goals of the Federal Government. Their current mandate is to drive and support the achievement of the Social Investment Programmes. This is accomplished by tracking results, facilitating problem solving, and reporting.
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