The World Food Programme has clarified that they did not import cooked food into the country to support the people of the North East affected by the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.
The country Representative of the World Food Programme of the United Nations, Ms Myrta Kaulard made the clarification while speaking to journalist at the sideline of the presentation of the Cadre Harmonise report for the month of March 2018 in Abuja.
Miss Kaulard explained that the organization was not importing cooked food but importing specific fortified processed foods that were needed to address nutritional needs of malnourished children and pregnant women in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, northern Nigeria.
“What is required to addressed the very specific nutritional needs of malnourished children, pregnant and nursing women is specific fortified foods and this fortified foods are processed foods and at present they are not available in Nigeria in the quantities that are required to provide assistance in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa” Ms Kaulard said.
She also noted that the World Food Programme had plans to collaborate with food processing companies in the country to help develop fortified foods as it was not only important for crises situation but also for daily nutrition.
“the World Food Programme also has an engagement and is ready to collaborate with food processing capacities in Nigeria to help develop those commodities and their production capacities in Nigeria as well because its good not only for crises situation but also for regular consumption”, she said.
The country Representative further noted that the organisation had provided food support to about one point one million people (I.1 Million) in the North East.
She explained that the organization was also providing support to the people so they could return to the farm and support themselves.
Miss Kaulard disclosed that the Cadre Harmonise Analysis programme had assisted stakeholders in tackling issues of Nutrition and food insecurity by providing data for proper assessment and proper interventions in the areas most affected by malnutrition and food insecurity.