USAID/Nigeria Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy 2020-2025

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Food insecurity and malnutrition represent critical public health concerns in Nigeria. They constitute two of Nigeria’s greatest challenges to sustainably ending hunger, achieving food and nutrition security, and improved economic growth. These challenges are not exclusive to one facet of the country, but rather affect the health and productivity of the entire population. Therefore, addressing these interlinked challenges must be front and center in the attempt to achieve USAID’s Mission in Nigeria Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) goal and objectives.

There is global recognition that food security1 and nutrition are determined by a complex web of interacting physical, social, and biological determinants. They must be addressed through coordinated multi-sectoral, private, and public sector programming, including agriculture and environment; water, sanitation and hygiene; health; education; and governance. The Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy (MSNS) is aligned with and designed to directly contribute to the CDCS. Mission programming, particularly through the Offices of Economic Growth and Environment Office, Health, Population and Nutrition, HIV/AIDS & Tuberculosis, and Humanitarian Assistance and Response Team (HART), and with support from the Education and Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance Offices.

The MSNS is also aligned with the Nigeria Global Food Security Strategy country plan and the USAID Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy 2014–2025. It will complement the Government of Nigeria’s (GON) policies and priorities, as articulated in the National Multi-sectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition in Nigeria 2021–2025. The strategy will also contribute to the global vision of a world free from malnutrition in the proposed Scaling-Up Nutrition Movement Strategy 2021–2025.

In addition to the policy approach, there is a need to transform agricultural production and food systems (MSNS Intermediate Result [IR]1), as key drivers of economic growth, and ensure that the food system is resilient and can meet the needs for safe, nutritious, and affordable foods. This will make certain there are provisions for adequate diets year-round and that all demographic groups throughout Nigeria are reached. The food system's transformation involves not only on-farm production, but increasingly the development of modern aggregation, transport, processing, distribution, and marketing systems. In addition, Nigerian consumers need to be better informed about what constitutes healthy diets and increase their demand, ability, and willingness to pay for safe, nutritious foods. In particular, consumption of fruits and vegetables, legumes/pulses, and animal-source foods would be most beneficial. While the agri-food system largely operates within the private sector and is driven by profitability, the GON and its partners have a critical role in creating an environment that will incentivize greater production, availability, access, and affordability of safe, nutritious foods in local markets.

Monday, March 28, 2022 - 11:45am

Last updated: March 28, 2022