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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS, PRIVATE SECTOR COMMIT $1.7bn FOR FOOD SECURITY)

The private sector and development partners have so
far committed $1.7billion for the
development of agriculture in the country under the New Alliance and Grow Africa
Partnerships.

The partnership was an initiative of G8 Summit at L’Aquila, Italy, which was
formed to support Africa’s effort
towards food and nutrition security.

Essentially, it is a partnerships
agreement between the government, private sector and
development partners on targeted actions needed to
promote agriculture investment and consequently food and nutrition security in Nigeria.

Out of the $1.1billion expected to be invested by the private sector by 2016, a total of
$1.4billion had already been provided, representing an
achievement rate of 123%.

On the other hand, development
partners who were expected to have provided a total of
$420million in aid for
agriculture by 2016 have actually made the sum 294
million available, representing a
70% achievement rate.

On the part of the government, which was also expected to
fulfil its own part of the agreement by completing 26
specified tasks by June 2016, 9 of such obligations were
said to have been carried out,
representing a 35%
achievement rate.

Policy Analyst, ECOWAS Commission /Head, Regional
Strategic Analysis and
Knowledge Support System -West Africa (ReSaKSS WA), Dr.
Manson Nwafor said the purpose of the partnerships was to increase private
investment and improve food
security.

Giving an overview of New Alliance/Grow Africa Partnerships in Nigeria at a workshop on policy validation of annual progress report in
Abuja, he said government made 27 specific commitments
in 13 broad areas including seed and fertilizer, agriculture
financing, agriculture insurance, nutrition, land titling, staple
crops processing zones, commodity exchange, enterprise registration and
power availability.

Development Partners had committed to predictable funding of $500 million over the 2013 – 2016 period while the
private sector made
commitments in the areas of agriculture investment $3.8
billion in the 2013 – 2023 period.

Among other things, the workshop sought to identify key challenges private investors face and make recommendations on the priority actions that the government and development
partners need to undertake in
addressing them.

It also sought to discuss if any
amendments are needed to the
contents of the New Alliance and Grow Africa agreements
(including the commitments) in
order to better promote agriculture investment and food
security.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development, Dr. Shehu Ahmed said the federal government
committed to 13 major policy actions in the areas of seed and fertilizer, Bank of Industry, agricultural insurance, and
nutrition among others.

He explained that the federal government, private sector and
development partners had written commitments on key
actions to be embarked upon in
order to improve agricultural
investment and food and nutrition in line with the principles of the Comprehensive
African Agriculture Development
Programme (CAADP).
Coordinator, Agric Business Group, Mr. Emmanuel Ijewere
said the prevailing economic conditions necessitated the
review of the New Alliance and Grow Africa initiative as well as the need to assess the impact of
the scheme on Nigerians and
the way forward.

He said: “I think it’s a very good time to bring forward because at the time the two concepts,
Grow AFRICA and the New Alliance were put together, the
economic situation in Nigeria was different from what it is
today.

“The past 24 months have been extremely dramatic and the next
twelve months are going to be even more dramatic in terms of how it is impacting on the lives of our people.
“So reviewing it today is a very
good one to ask ourselves if we
are on the right tract. It has however, achieved consciousness of the need to realise that Africa’s comparative
advantage is in agriculture.

Africa alone controls 64% of the available land in the world to grow food.”

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (CENTRES TO BEGIN FOOD CLASSES)

The Lagos State government has reiterated its
determination to encourage primary health centres to
organise food demonstration classes, Deputy Governor Idiat
Oluranti Adebule has said.

She said at the classes, mothers would be taught the
processes of combining local food to enjoy their benefits.

The deputy governor spoke at the inauguration of the State Committee on Food and Nutrition (SCFN).

Represented by the
Permanent Secretary in her office, Michael Dawodu, she said the programme was
based on the importance
government attached to food and nutrition.

The deputy governor said it was regrettable that as
important as food was to human beings, there was
food insecurity, caused by lack of modern farming
techniques, poor distribution system, inadequate storage
technology and facilities, inadequate transportation as well as poor market
information for farmers.

She said to cushion the effect, government was working to improve food sustainability
and nutrition by encouraging farming.

“The government has
acquired 1,084 hectares of land in Osun State for oil
processing, agric-YES and other agricultural purposes, while 500 hectares was acquired in Ogun State for rice
production in addition to 50
hectares in Abuja for arable farming,

”Mrs. Adebule said.
The committee Chairman, Abayomi Kadiri, hoped that
nutrition intervention would add value to
other investments in health, education and poverty reduction.

The representative of the chairperson of the National Committee on Food and Nutrition in Nigeria, Mrs Roselyn Ronke Gabriel, hailed
the government on the inauguration.
saying “It is a good step in the right direction”.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (MAINTAINING THAT GOOD BREATH)

Halitosis affects how you feel about yourself, not to mention how others perceive you. Bad
breath is mostly caused by bacteria that breeds inside your mouth, it can also be caused by
smelly food like onion, garlic, and
some spices can also cause bad breath.

The odour lingers while food particles stay in your mouth but these foods give you a double whammy, once they make it through your system, their stinks
chemicals travels through your blood stream to the lungs when you breathe them out.

Here are few tips on how to maintain a good and fresh breath:

1. BRUSH YOUR TEETH OCCASIONALLY WITH BAKING SODA.
The bacteria that causes bad breath thrive in
an acidic oral environment.
Brushing your teeth with baking soda helps to neutralize excess acids found in the oral cavity.

2. EAT FOOD RICH IN FIBER.
High fiber food actually helps prevent
halitosis. Avoid eating heavily
processed food that contains refined carbohydrates such as cookies, cakes, sweet and ice cream.

3. USE MOUTH WASH.
Some mouth wash or oral rinses are effective at preventing bad
breath, however you should never use alcohol based mouth washes because the alcohol makes the mouth very dry which would actually make the problem worse.

4. AVOID DRY MEDICATIONS.
Try not to take anti-depressants, pain reliever and antihistamine unless it is medically necessary.
These drugs inhibit saliva flow and can cause chronic dry
mouth.

5. CLEAN YOUR MOUTH AFTER EATING MEAT, FISH OR DAIRY PRODUCTS.
Practicing consistent and thorough oral hygiene is an effective prevention tool.

6. BREATH THROUGH YOUR NOSE
INSTEAD OF YOUR MOUTH.
Try to address any snoring or sleeping
apnea issues that could be affecting your breath and
causing dry mouth.

7. STOP SMOKING.
Studies have shown that smokers are at
higher risk of developing
periodontal disease.
Furthermore, people who smoke may also engage in other habits that promote this condition such
as drinking alcohol and suffering from chronic anxiety conditions that require exacerbating
prescription medication.

8.KEEP YOUR MOUTH POSTED BY DRINKING PLENTY OF WATER.
Proper oral care brush and floss your teeth at least twice a
day, be sure to get a tooth brush with soft bristles and also use
fluoride toothpaste.
Brushing and flossing helps to remove any
food and plaque which can be used as fuel source by the
anaerobic, sulfur
producing bacteria that are at the root of these problems.

9. TAKE A DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS.
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D
and Vitamin B are effective at helping your body eliminate
excess mucus and toxins naturally.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (EXPERTS ADVOCATE NUTRITION, LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION FOR DISEASE PREVENTION)

Following increased rate of Non
Communicable Diseases (NCD) in
the country, experts have called on
Nigerians to maintain adequate nutritional diets, as well as
abstain from lifestyle that predisposes
one to health issues like diabetes,
cancer, respiratory disorders, among others.

The experts who spoke at a one-
day workshop organised by Coca
Cola Nigeria in Lagos recently, tagged:
‘Adequate Nutrition and Lifestyle:
Essential for Prevention of Non-
Communicable Diseases,’ said Nigerians must make deliberate attempts
to prevent the numerous health
issues in the country.

Speaking at the workshop, a
Consultant Nutritionist and
Dietician, Dr
Chika Ndiokwelu, said eating unhealthy diets have been
implicated to
cause a number of preventable diseases, adding that, processed foods
contain more harmful elements than the well known African
foods and vegetables which the country
was used to.

While stating that poor food intake, smoking, harmful use of alcohol and sedentary lifestyle were risk factors responsible for NCDs, she advised that eating of fruits,
legumes, vegetables, engage in regular
physical exercise, reduction of salt intake, reduction in alcohol intake, as well as quitting
smoking, would help a long way in
preventing NCDs.
She described NCDs as chronic but non-contagious medical
conditions which could lead to deformity or death.

“NCDs represent a major threat to health and development in the
21st century, as they account for 60 percent of all deaths and 43 percent of disease burden globally,”
she said.

She listed four major NDCs to include; cardiovascular diseases
(CVDs),
cancer, chronic respiratory
diseases and diabetes mellitus, adding
that, these four were the world’s biggest killers as they account for
36 million deaths annually.
“With the increasing level of NCDs, if proper measures are not taken, the country may be forced to
allocate more than three per cent of its
healthcare cost for the management of the diseases within the next 10
years,” she said.

Ndiokwelu, called on the Federal
Government to
develop a national
policy and action plan on food and nutrition, including the control of
diets related to non-
communicable diseases.
Statingthat, manufacturers
and producers of food products
should provide accurate nutritional
information on their products to help consumers make informed choices.

In his speech, a Research Fellow,
National Institute for Medical Research, Dr. Bartholomew Brai
said with improved healthy lifestyle
and right diets, NCDs will reduce drastically in the country, adding
that, Nigerians must shun risky factors that predisposes them to various kinds of health issues.

He charged health writers to continue to educate the public
on ways to preventing diseases and general
health education.
Meanwhile, the Director of Public
Affairs and Communication, Coca- Cola Nigeria, Mr. Clem Ugorji, said that the company has been striving to
provide clear nutritional values,
offer low calorie or non-caloric
beverages to the public.

Ugorji said the workshop was
organised to educate the public on issues
of nutrition as part of the company’s corporate social
responsibility
(CSR).
“The recipe of coca-cola has
remained unchanged for 129 years, with
more than 3,600 products in several countries and over 500 brands.

“This was achievable due to our acceptance by the public. We
shall continue to support and provide
the public with health information
because a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.
”The only way to reach the public
is through the media which is why
we are organising this workshop
for them to relate and know our
level of acceptance in the public.
The media also have a role to play by
ensuring that they publish accurate and factual information
so as not to misinform the public, ” he said.