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FOODIE UPDATE (Is Beef Processing Future a Meatless One?)

There’s a new burger in town, and the folks at Impossible Foods think that it’s the future of meat.

The California-based food business has announced that its Oakland plant is now online, marking the burgeoning company’s first large scale plant operation. After it ramps up, Impossible says the factory will have the capacity to churn out a million pounds of meat per month. But it’s not just any meat – these burgers are plant-based, and the company is betting 68,000 square feet on their success.

The Impossible Burger is being touted as the first plant-based “burger” that accurately emulates the flavours, textures, and aromas of real grilled hamburger meat. But the big difference is in its sustainability: Impossible’s website says that, compared to cows, their burger uses “95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% fewer greenhouse gas emissions.” The company hopes to create an alternative burger that relies on fewer resources but also uses science to make it “bleed” like real meat.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (FG, UNIDO move to tackle foodborne illnesses in Nigeria)

The Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) under the European Union (EU) sponsored Nigeria Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP) on Wednesday commenced a two-day capacity building workshop on food safety practices for food and non-food handlers across Kogi State.

Daily Trust reports that participants at the workshop include farmers, food handlers, non-food handlers, consumer associations and other stakeholders in agribusiness, amongst others.

Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, at the commencement of the training in Lokoja, said the initiative was designed to impart knowledge on food safety practices with a view to addressing the burden foodborne diseases emanating from consumption of unsafe food had had on the country in recent times.

The minister who was represented on the occasion by Anthonia Okpara, a director of food, water and chemical division in the ministry, noted that similar training would be held subsequently in other states of the federation in order to entrench the culture of food safety from the point of production, processing and packaging down to consumption.

He said the country had in recent years been plagued with preventable foodborne disease outbreaks such as cholera, typhoid fever, Lassa fever and methanol poisoning as well as presence of aflatoxin in nuts and series consumed by unsuspecting members of the public, hence the need to sensitise food handlers on the need to imbibe food safety culture and hygiene practices.

“Over the past 20 years, food safety has become one major topic globally in the health sector considering the impact of unsafe food on the population especially on children below the age of five years, immunocompromised as well as the elderly.

He said the training was imperative as it forms part of the strategies for the implementation of the National Policy of Food Safety which amongst others aims at promoting safe food practices at the grassroots, improve the safety and quality of farm produce; reduce the foodborne disease burden of the country and also reduce the rate of rejection of food produced in the country at the international trade.

UNIDO’s National Expert on Food Safety, Tehinse John, said the training would go a long way in enhancing the acceptability of Nigeria’s agricultural products in the international market.

“This project is to build the capacity of Nigerians to be able to supply good and safe food products to the international market. We realise that of late that majority of our products, particularly Agric products are not allowed in the international market due to safety concerns.

“This project is aimed at correcting all the anomalies by building the capacities of stakeholders to produce goods that meet international requirements. Kogi State has been identified as one of the states that have potential to lead in Agric business. We feel that if the state is able to get it right in terms of improving food safety culture, then we will be able to improve agribusiness in the state,” he said.

On his part, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello said the need for education on food safety could not be over emphasised, saying that the quality of people’s depend largely on the quality of food they eat.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Elder Simon Achuba urged the participants to take the training seriously and ensure they imbibe food safety culture at the end of the day.

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FOODIE UPDATE (What to know about food allergies in children)

Food allergy occurs, when the body immune system sees certain foods as harmful, thereby causing an unpleasant reaction. Food allergies can cause serious and deadly reactions in kids, if not properly handled. Dr. Oluwafunmilayo Funke Adeniyi, a paediatrician in the Department of Paediatrics, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) discussed food allergies in children, what triggers it and how to reduce the risk of kids developing it. GERALDINE AKUTU reports.

What is food allergy?
Food allergy is a clinical condition, where the body makes antibodies (Immunoglobulin E (IgE)) to a specific food. The job of the body’s immune system is to identify and destroy germs, such as bacteria or viruses that make you sick. A food allergy results, when the immune system mistakenly targets a harmless food protein – an allergen – as a threat and attacks it. Initial exposure to the food may not produce severe reaction, but the child may become sensitised and when the food is next eaten (or sometimes just comes in contact with the skin), it triggers an immune system response, which results in the release of histamine and other substances in the body. These cause various symptoms, depending on where in the body they are released.

Signs and Food allergy
The following are the signs and symptoms of food allergy regardless of the allergen:
Skin system: swelling, itching, warmth, redness and rashes, 
Respiratory system (breathing): coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain/tightness, throat tightness, hoarse voice, nasal congestion or hay fever-like symptoms (runny itchy nose, watery eyes and sneezing), difficulty in swallowing.

Gastrointestinal system (stomach): nausea, pain/cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea and some children may actually pass blood in the stools.

Cardiovascular system (heart): pale/blue colour, weak pulse, passing out, dizzy/lightheaded, and shock. Others: older children may describe anxiety, feeling of “impending doom”, headache, and metallic taste. The most dangerous symptoms of an allergic reaction, which is usually referred to as anaphylaxis are:

• Difficulty with breathing caused by swelling of the airways, including a severe asthma attack for people, who have asthma.
• Drop in blood pressure, causing dizziness, light-headedness, feeling faint or weak, or passing out. Both can lead to death, if untreated.

Having said this, it is important to note the symptoms of ‘classic’ allergy, which are rashes, wheezing, itching, severe gut symptoms and very rarely, sudden collapse i.e. anaphylaxis.

How long does it take to have allergy in children?
An allergic reaction usually happens within minutes after exposure to an allergen, but sometimes it can take place several hours after exposure to the allergen. In children with the immune mediated or IgE mediated food, allergy symptoms occur within minutes up to two hours after ingestion of the food. These symptoms usually recur on exposure to the food on every occasion and may be mild or severe, associated with anaphylaxis. The symptoms of ‘classic’ allergy, as such, are rashes, wheezing, itching, severe gut symptoms or (very rarely) sudden collapse.

What are the most common food allergies in children?
Allergy can occur to a single food or to many foods. Allergy to many foods is a more severe form of allergy, and is referred to as multiple food allergies.
The common allergenic foods i.e. food that induce allergies, include cow’s milk, dairy products, egg, seafood (fish and shrimps), wheat, soy and peanuts. The commonest food allergy in children is cow’s milk.

Is there a cure for food allergy?
There is no direct cure for food allergy. The condition is best managed with elimination diet i.e. avoidance or exclusion of the offending food from the diet and subsequent substitution. For example, in a child with cow’s milk protein allergy, the milk should be removed from the child’s diet and a substitute in the form of soya milk, or hydrolysed formula (i.e. milk that the protein has been broken down to peptides) or amino acid formula, which can readily be digested and does not cause reactions in the child.

When the child is up to six months and weaning is commenced, solids should be introduced gradually and one food at a time. This should be from the least allergenic foods, i.e. cereals, then vegetables and fruits, then chicken, eggs, fish and lastly nuts.

How can parents handle their children’s food allergies?
If a severe allergy has been identified in a child, it is important the parents ensure that the child avoid even the tiniest amounts of the trigger food. Very occasionally, reactions can occur, even when the child has had skin contact with the offending food. A fish-allergic person may react by being in a kitchen, where fish is being cooked. The parents should do gradual introduction of the allergenic foods in infancy, as described earlier.

Children, parents and caregivers should be educated on common ingredients, reading food labels and how to safely avoid allergens. Children and parents should also be aware of appropriate, safe, cost-effective, freely available and nutritionally adequate substitutes for the avoided foods.

As well as avoiding the offending food, the allergic child should be provided with appropriate emergency treatment, should accidental exposure occur. Depending on the severity of the reaction, this may be adrenaline to be given by injection, antihistamines, steroids, or all of these. The exact details of such treatment will need to be decided by the doctor in charge of the child. The parents should ensure that an allergy specialist or dietician, who is experienced in food allergies and paediatric gastroenterologist, sees the child regularly.

Children affected by severe food allergy can still participate in all normal activities, school, work or leisure, but the parents should give appropriate support and understanding.

Can a child outgrow food allergies?
Usually, children who have cow’s milk allergy become tolerant of cow’s milk, as they grow older and outgrow their allergy by the age of two to three years. Children are usually re-evaluated at regular intervals to see if they have developed tolerance. Generally, younger children with milk, soya and egg allergy are reviewed every six to 12 months and older children every one to two years. Tree nut, fish and shellfish allergy may be life long, but re-evaluation should be performed every two to four years to determine whether re-challenges are appropriate or exclusion needs to be continued.

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FOODIE UPDATE (What Is The Best Food And Drink To Help Students Focus?).

I t’s heads-down revision time for exams and dissertations. The pressure’s on, so you’ll want all the help you can get to aid your memory and raise your grades (without smart drugs or cheating). Nutrition experts say that eating well can make a real difference to your revision regime – so what brain-boosting food and drink do they recommend?How much caffeine is too much?

Coffee, green tea and energy drinks are staples of the all-night library stint. But how much caffeine is too much?

“Caffeine – particularly coffee – can have numerous benefits extending to cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity,

prevention of type 2 diabetes and acting as a potent antioxidant,” says nutritional therapist Daniel O’Shaughnessy. “However, while caffeine may make you more alert, individuals can build up a tolerance meaning this is short-lived. Caffeine can also increase blood sugar and eventually lead to dips causing lack of focus and energy.”

“It’s also worth bearing in mind that people react differently to caffeine,” says nutritional therapist Joanne Crovini. It has the potential to increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol. “Some people can drink it at midnight and go straight to sleep, whereas other people get teeth clenching and feelings of anxiety after a small amount.”

Most adults can tolerate single doses of caffeine up to 200mg and a daily intake of up to 400mg without any concerns, nutrition scientist Sarah Coe says; a mug of instant coffee is around 100mg and a cup of tea is 75mg of caffeine. “Remember that energy drinks and some soft drinks contain caffeine too, and coffee from a coffee shop may be stronger than coffee made at home. As broad advice I’d say stop drinking caffeine by 2pm and have a maximum of two cups of coffee or equivalent a day, but be aware of your own reaction to it.”

Wholegrains

Wholegrain foods will stave off hunger (advice on cooking some of them can be found here). Examples include porridge and wholemeal bread. Crovini explains that combining wholegrain with protein will help keep blood sugar levels balanced, which is essential for mood and concentration.

O’Shaughnessy agrees. Buying grains in bulk with your housemates is a great way to save money, as is avoiding the more overpriced “fad” grains, he says. “Brown rice, oats and buckwheat are good, cheap alternatives,” he says, adding that the high levels of magnesium in buckwheat also helps to calm nerves.

Nuts and berries

Berries and nuts are a convenient snack that pack a nutritional punch. “Blueberries, like many dark coloured fruits and vegetables, have a high antioxidant content, which is thought to protect the brain from oxidative damage and slow age-related decline,” explains Crovini. Frozen berries are usually cheap, last longer and don’t lose their nutrients when frozen. Less healthy are flavoured and coated nuts, which contain added oil, salt and sugars.

Ditch the supplements

Doctors often recommend taking vitamin supplements to top up on the nutrients you need – but these can be expensive. Fortunately, they’re not the only option. “Food should always come before supplements and the key to getting as many nutrients as possible is to eat as varied a diet as possible, with lots of different colours,” says Crovini. “Use frozen berries and dark green vegetables like savoy cabbage, which are reasonably priced.”

Coe agrees: it’s better to get everything you need from food and drink: “For example, oranges not only contain vitamin C [which boosts the immune system] but also fibre and other components that you can’t get packaged together in a tablet.”

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate has a mild effect on

increasing blood flow and reducing blood pressure, due to the polyphenol content, says Crovini. “It’s also a good source of magnesium, which is an essential mineral for relaxation.”

O’Shaughnessy recommends choosing chocolate that’s 80% or more in cacao to avoid any negative effects to teeth, skin and weight. The darker the chocolate, the less sugar in it.

Water

A recent study by the University of East London and University of Westminster found that keeping hydrated can boost attention by almost 25%. “We found that drinking even a really small amount of water (25 ml) resulted in improved performance on a test of attention,” says Dr Caroline Edmonds, who co-authored the research. Drinking 300 ml improves memory performance and can improve your mood as well.

The experts’ recommended library lunch.

Base your lunch on starchy foods, particularly wholegrain varieties, Coe says. Sandwiches, wraps and bagels are quick and easy to prepare, or you could use leftovers from the night before to make a pasta, rice or couscous salad.

Grainy salads with canned fish and vegetables are good if you don’t fancy bread. Tinned mackerel with beetroot, roasted sweet potato cubes, lots of green leaves like rocket or watercress and some pumpkin seeds, are ideal, Crovini says. Or try canned salmon with brown rice, canned chickpeas, chopped cucumber and tomato.

For sweetness, you’ll want the usual healthy stuff: a small pot of natural yogurt with either an apple, some berries or a chunk of dark chocolate.

Don’t skip meals, Crovini adds. Eating regularly will help keep blood sugar balanced and feed the brain with the fuel it needs.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (HEALTHY NIGERIA FOOD TIME TABLE FOR A FAMILY)

Healthy eating of a family cannot be overemphasized. To arrange proper nutrition and healthy food time table – means to protect all family members from a variety diseases, improve the quality of life.

Usually, mummies are worried about healthy food time table for the family, they try to choose variant, that will suit everybody, husband, children and herself.
Dear mummies, kindly note, that Nigerian food time table for a family should be based on five (5) main principles.

1. The First Principle Of A Normal Food Time Table For A Family-: A mandatory hearty full breakfast. It should be 25-30% of the daily diet. The breakfast menu should include products having in their composition complex fiber-rich carbohydrates – this will provide the body with energy for a long
time, to extend the sense of fullness. Complex carbohydrates are “black” porridges – oatmeal and buckwheat, cereal.
In addition to complex carbohydrates for breakfast, a family should eat protein-rich foods, such as eggs, cheese or cottage cheese.

2. The Second Principle Of Healthy Family Food Time Table -: to ensure the possibility of a second breakfast. School-age children can
receive a full hot lunch at school. Adult family members between breakfast and lunch also should have a useful snack. If there is no possibility to have a snack, you can drink a cup of yogurt and a cup of unsweetened green tea, soursop tea or zobo drink – or just take with you to work the apple and eat it about 11 o’clock in the
morning.

3. The Third Principle-: is the refusal of fast food. Hamburgers and chips are not included in the category of healthy foods. The lunch should consist of vegetable salad, a bowl of soup, or a portion of lean meat or fish with garnish.
Healthy family food is a timely dinner. Each family lives in its own rhythm, and does not always manage to gather around the table at the perfect time for dinner 18-19 hours. However, we
must remember that dinner should be held no later than 3 hours before bedtime.

A late and plentiful dinner disrupts the normal metabolism. Healthy food for the dinner should consist mostly of protein: fish, chicken, vegetables, stews, salads, low-fat
cottage cheese.

4. The Fourth Principle-: the normal family meals have to include plenty of vegetables and
fruits, especially seasonal since they are most valuable from a biological point of view. If it is decided to organize a balanced diet table, the food should be varied as much as possible for
the family. Do not be afraid to experiment.

Usually, the family buys constantly the same set of products, but you can retreat from the templates. Buy fish of different varieties.
Prepare a variety of vegetable side dishes. Learn basic cooking fruit desserts and a variety of protein-vitamin cocktails.

5. The Fifth Principle-: the food should be prepared from natural products. Avoid surrogates.
Choose the right recipes with proper nutrition, where it is recommended not to boil or fry foods, but to steam and bake. A frying makes the products excessively greasy.

If you want to lose weight or you just want to stay fit, you should not only do exercises but also organize your low-caloric healthy time table, taking into account the
following tips:

* Review and organize your time table according to your workout schedule, eat meals at a proper time.
* You should eat five or six smaller meals instead of usual three. It is important to eat one hour before a workout, giving time to digest the meal.
* It is highly important to have breakfast, not to become hungry very quickly, and as a result, avoid overeating.
* Eat healthy snacks. Nigerian food time table for a family Not everybody knows that Nigerian food menu contains foods, which are very high in calories, therefore causes the gain of weight.

If you want to lose weight and not to gain extra killos, we would like to propose you the list of the most low calorie Nigerian foods:

* Semo
* Wheat
* Amala
* Starch
* Beans
* Maize
* Rice
* Tuwo
* Abacha

To gain weight, here is useful list of what to eat, it will help you gain weight quickly and it’s tasty :

* Salmon
* Baked acorn squash
* Granola
* Butter
* Tuna
* Cheese
* Cornbread
* Whole wheat bread
* Pasta
* Fruit juice
* Shrimps
* Yoghurt
* Bananas
* Nuts and seeds
* Oatmeal
* Soybeans
* Potatoes

How to organize a productive time table for your children:

Breakfast is very important, good
nutritious breakfast is a fuel for your child and will give energy for the first part of the day.
* Children should eat healthy snacks.
* Television time should be limited. Your child should not eat while watching the TV, it will distract them from the meal. Another reason, your child should play active games for good metabolism.
* When children reach the age of five, they begin to eat more, so it is for them to eat less.
* Every Child should drink enough water the whole of the day.
Eat to live!

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (NIGERIANS INGESTING POISON THROUGH FOOD)

Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has expressed worry about Nigerians not eating well, saying a larger percentage of
the population ingests poison.

Ogbeh, who spoke at the re-inauguration of an Inter-Ministerial Agricultural/ Nutrition Working Group yesterday in Abuja, lamented that there were
deficiencies in most Nigerian diets.

“There is crisis in Nigerian food sector because there is a great deal of self- poison in our diet. Just yesterday, I was talking with the Ministers of Science and Technology as well as Health about a great deal of metal poisoning in our food and the ingestion of dioxin through plastic
pathogens among other things.

They pointed out that there was high consumption of carbohydrate, because many Nigerians cannot afford to have
vitamins, protein in their diets.”Harping on changing the citizenry’s feeding habit, Ogbeh noted that many Nigerians prefer
swallow foods like yam, cassava, sorghum, maize among others which are injurious to health.

His words: “How do we persuade people to take more of fruits as against the carbohydrate they are used to. For instance, it is an insult in some villages when you tell an elderly man to take banana instead of the pounded yam he is
used to.

That means most Nigerians are
not eating well.” The minister regretted that children do not have access to egg, chicken or beans, resulting in 37% of malnourished children nationwide.“This is extremely
dangerous because this figure represents one third of Nigerian children,” stressing on the need to give children balanced diet during the first five years to enable their
brains develop well.

Ogbeh charged the committee to come up with the right formula for the country to improve its nutrition deficiencies, pledging that the ministry would provide
the needed resources and collaborate with the ministries of Health, Women Affairs, Science and Technology and other agencies to boost the health of Nigerians.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (NIGERIA MUST STOP BEING A “SERIOUSLY HUNGRY NATION”)

WITH the current exchange rates, 70% of Nigerians live on less than US$1 per day. Too few Nigerians are able to obtain enough food to live healthy and productive lives, so it is no surprise Nigeria is ranked the 14th most hungry
nation out of 119 countries and 152nd out of 187 on the 2015 UNDP Human Development Index (HDI).

With a Global Hunger Index (GHI) score of 32.8, which is only a marginal improvement over the last decade, Nigeria has steadily plunged in its GHI scores since
1990. The severity of hunger in the country remains serious as the nation failed to fulfil its commitment to the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving hunger by 2015.

Nigerians are rated as “seriously” hungry, by the 2015 GHI because of low scores in the four most crucial indicators of undernourishment, child stunting, child wasting, and child mortality, Worse still, the 2016 Report of the
International Food Policy Research
Institute (IFPRI) reveals that 7% of
the Nigerian population is
undernourished and that the prevalence of wasting and stunting in children under 5 years of age are 18% and 36.4% respectively.
But these figures do not tell the entire story.

Hunger, as defined by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, is identified as food deprivation, undernourishment (or
consumption of fewer than 1,800
kilocalories a day, which is the minimum that most people require to live a healthy and productive life).

Exacerbated by poverty, the effects of hunger are reflected in high rates of diseases and mortality, limited neurological development and low productivity.
Hunger, poverty and disease are
interlinked, with each contributing to the presence and persistence of the other.
Hunger is a major constraint to the country’s development economically, socially, and politically; the poorer, the hungrier.

The way forward is clear. Investment is essential for agricultural research and rural development in partnership with the private sector and civil society. Provision for good nutrition and education must be accepted as a long-term investment.
Having an explicit hunger target as a priority development goal is desirable.

The specific reference to food security, hunger and the importance of agriculture on the global agenda is a sign of increased political sensitivity towards these important issues.
Hence, Nigeria must invest more in nutrition and food production. It is easily within the nation’s capacity to eradicate poverty and hunger in a short period of time. However, political will is paramount.

Eradication of hunger is an objective that must be addressed directly. Fighting hunger is an investment that produces high returns in growth and overall
welfare. The fight against hunger in Nigeria must begin in earnest.

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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 (FG Embarks On Vitamin A Food Bio- Fortification To Reduce Death Rate)

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac
Adewole said on Saturday that the ministry embarked on vitamin A food bio-fortification to
reduce death rate and boost nutrition in the country.

Adewole, who was represented by the Director of Nutrition, Dr Chris Isukpunwu, disclosed this at the launching of 2016 planting season for bio-fortified vitamin A cassava and maize.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports the programme was
organised by Harvestplus Nigeria,
at the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure.

HarvestPlus is an international
organisation leading a global effort to improve nutrition by
developing and disseminating staple food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals.

The theme of the programme is
‘Scaling Up Bio fortification
Investment in Nigeria.’
Adewole noted that vitamin A was one of the five major
nutrients of the body, adding that many children under the age of five die due to measles, which
is caused by lack of vitamin A.

“It’s a huge cause of death of children under five and the
second cause of blindness for
adults.

“The ministry partnered Harvestplus because bio-fortified
vitamin A yellow cassava especially is a good cure of lack
of the vitamin as many people consume cassava in the country.
“Investment in agriculture is a
long lasting investment,” he said.

The minister urged mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months and ensure that they continue to breastfeed them until two years, saying that breast milk is a good source of vitamin A.

In his remarks, the Special Assistant to the Secretary,
Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Mr Edet Ekon, said
agriculture research and training was the key to unlocking the gap of productivity in the agriculture
sector.

Ekon noted that vitamin A deficiency increases the risk of diseases and causes
reproductive problems.

He emphasised that agriculture remained the key role for the country’s development and
commended Harvestplus Nigeria
for the good works.

Also speaking, the Deji of Akure,
Oba Ogunlade Aladelusi commended the organisation for
organising the event and the institution for the training given
to students in agriculture. (NAN)

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (DUFIL PRESENTS N5.4 MILLION NUTRITION SCHOLARSHIPS TO 12 NIGERIAN GRADUATES)

As part of its effort in capacity building and assisting in training high level Nutrition and Dietetic manpower in the country, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, makers of Indomie, recently awarded 12 Msc students of Nutrition and Dietetic from several universities spread across the country, with scholarship worth N5.4million in its yearly MSc Nutrition Award.

Speaking during the cheque presentation ceremony, the Brand Manager, Indomie, Mr. Amber Yadav stated that the Dufil Msc Nutrition scholarship scheme was a cause the brand was pleased to be associated with, as it served as a means of giving back to the society, as it would drive improved development in the food sector.

Also speaking at the event, the Group Public Relations and Event Manager, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr. Tope Ashiwaju re-emphasized that Dufil was a socially responsible brand that is committed to the development of improved expertise in the field of nutrition, in which the brand is a major player. “Aside from the company’s desire to build manpower and impact positively in the health sector, owing to the fact that a lot of sicknesses and diseases are caused by malnutrition and intake of the wrong diet, Dufil is recognized as one of the foremost health-friendly food companies in Nigeria, and in order to maintain this, the organization would need the services of well-trained nutritionists and dietitians, which we hope this initiative will go a long way in achieving.”

The coordinator of the Dufil M.Sc. Nutrition Award, Prof. Tunde Oguntona, of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, commended Dufil Prima Foods for sponsoring the scholarship award, which he said had recorded huge success and growth since its inception in 2009. Explaining the aim of the scholarship, Prof. Oguntona said the scheme is meant to promote the study of Nutrition in Nigeria.

The 12 recipients of the scholarship grant, which were drawn from a pool of over a hundred entries received nationwide, came from five different universities, twelve different states that cut across the six geo-political zones of the country. The awardees were encouraged to be committed to their studies. Each of the awardees received a total sum of N450, 000, covering tuition, research grant, study materials and stipend for the duration of their Post-graduate programme.