The International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI in Washington DC is collaborating with stakeholders in Nigeria to tackle malnutrition and stunted growth among children.
Associate Research Fellow, IFPRI, Dr Mulubrhan Amare, said this in Minna, Niger State.
Amare made this known after delivering a paper tagged “Feed the Future” during a one day seminar on “Urbanisation, Child Undernutrition and Public Health.”
The seminar sponsored by the USAID, had in attendance; Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, Non Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations as stakeholders.
“The survey we carried out for the USAID in 2018 revealed that there are 9.7 million stunted children in Nigeria today as a result of malnutrition.
“Among them 6 million are from Northern part of the country which accounts for more than 50 per cent,” he said.
He said that there was need for specific intervention to solve the problem, hence bringing the stakeholders together to brainstorm.
The researcher said that the USAID was sponsoring a five year project in the country to tackle the issue.
The Permanent Secretary, Niger Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Ibrahim Musa, said that the seminar was an opportunity for the State government to know more about child/mother mortality rate.
Musa said that the measure would help the government to know the population of children to enable it proffer solution to the malnutrition issue.
He promised that government would facilitate any programme that would bring about good nutrition for children.