The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has initiated a partnership with business owners to meet nutritional needs of Nigerians. Its Country Director, Mr Micheal Ojo, said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
Ojo said that the organisation had started working with business owners under a ‘Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network’. He said that the aim was to mobilise them to contribute towards the reduction of malnutrition in the country.
According to him, the report of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey conducted in 2017 placed the stunting rate of Nigerian children at 43.6 per cent. He said that the first five years of a child’s life are very important and the first two years are the most critical.
“The nutrients which are needed to make them grow both physically and psychologically must be prioritized. The issue of malnutrition goes beyond the physical manifestation, but the cognitive development of children to learn and meet up with their peers across the world. “That is why we will continue to work with business owners to provide the required nutrients needed for healthy living,” he said.
According to him, consumers of edible products ought to be informed of the nutrients that such products contain. Consumers struggle to understand basic balanced diets, producers and manufacturers should be able to provide nutrition information in simple and clear terms. It should not just end at listing out the ingredients in quantities that people do not understand.
He also advised that people take a lot of fruits and vegetables in order to get maximum nutrients for their everyday life.