IFAD To Check Malnutrition Among Rural Dwellers


The International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through its Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has integrated nutrition into its  programme to check malnutrition among Nigeria’s rural dwellers.
The National Consultant, VCDP on Nutrition, Dr Omo Ohiokpehai disclosed this during a Train the Trainers workshop on ‘Mainstreaming Nutrition into IFAD-VCDP’, held on Monday in Jalingo.
Ohiokpehai said IFAD saw the need to integrate nutrition into for rice and cassava because of the health benefits of taking adequate and balanced nutrition into lives of the people.
The consultant decried low knowledge on good nutrition among people living in rural areas adding that it called for serious concern.
According to him, research conducted across states benefiting from the VCDP funding showed nutritional gap in most states of the federation, hence the need to integrate nutrition in the programme.
“In Taraba, Gasso Local Government was discovered to have great malnutrition level. The study discovered that certain things were not being done rightly and this training is part of efforts to address these issues in the state.
“Taraba has a lot of potential and most of the nutrition can be sourced locally, so we do not have much problem in the state.
“However, a manual for correction of malnutrition in the country has been developed, bearing in mind the nutritional value of Cassava and Rice which VCDP is intervening and the profitability of those in the business.
“It is important for people especially pregnant women to take good nutrition, clean water and also live in a clean environment to help in the brain development of the child,” she said.