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A review of the Nigerian food supply

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By Dawn

We need to begin listening to food experts about food safety in Nigeria.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has been urged by the United Nations, Food and Agricultural Organization, and World Health Organization to urgently re-evaluate the nation’s food system in light of the 200,000 Nigerians who die from Food Poisoning each year. This is a significant number of fatalities, and it is clear that something needs to be done in order to address this problem.

Currently the food system in Nigeria is complex, and there are many factors that contribute to the high rate of food poisoning. For example, poor Sanitation and storage practices, lack of access to safe and clean water, and lack of knowledge about Food Safety can all contribute to the problem. In addition, the use of Pesticides and other chemicals on food crops can also lead to contamination and poisoning.

There is also a lack of access to safe and clean water.

One of the primary contributing factors to the high rate of food poisoning in Nigeria is poor sanitation and storage practices. Food that is not properly stored or that is contaminated by dirty water or other contaminants can easily lead to poisoning. There is also a lack of access to safe and clean water in many parts of Nigeria, which can make it difficult to clean food properly. These conditions create a perfect storm for food poisoning, which is a serious Public Health concern in Nigeria.

It is important to raise awareness about the dangers of unsafe food in Nigeria. The campaign’s message is “If it is not safe, it is not food.” This message needs to be taken to heart in Nigeria in order to save lives. Unsafe food is a major problem, and it is responsible for a large number of illnesses and deaths each year. The Nigerian government has been working to improve food safety, but there is still much work to be done. Raising awareness about the dangers of unsafe food is an important step in saving lives.

Awareness and capacity building on food safety issues.

During a panel discussion at the UN House in Abuja to mark World Food Safety Day, it was urged for the regulatory agencies to implement policy measures and legal frameworks that would strengthen the national food safety system and ensure compliance with food safety standards. He noted that food safety was a complex issue and required a coordinated approach from all stakeholders. He stressed the need for greater awareness and capacity building on food safety issues, and called for better coordination between different government agencies and the Private Sector.

The UN system will support the Nigerian government’s efforts to improve food safety and transform the country’s food systems, according to UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Matthias Schmale, has stated that the UN is committed to helping the Nigerian government improve food safety and Nutrition for its citizens. The UN will work with the government to develop policies and programs that will improve food safety and nutrition, and to build capacity within the government to implement these programs effectively. The UN will also provide technical assistance to the government to help it better understand and address the food safety and nutrition challenges faced by the country.

Developing and strengthening its food safety regime.

Food safety is a critical issue for any country, but especially for one with as large and diverse a population as Nigeria. Ensuring that the food supply is safe for consumption requires a comprehensive approach that includes strong legal and policy frameworks, as well as competent and effective personnel to enforce those frameworks. Nigeria has made some progress in recent years in developing and strengthening its food safety regime, but much more needs to be done. The country must continue to invest in the institutions and personnel responsible for food safety, and ensure that they have the resources and capacity to do their jobs effectively. Only then can Nigeria hope to provide its citizens with the safe and healthy food they deserve.


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