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A review of the Nigerian food supply

A review of the Nigerian food supply
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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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Ask Nigeria
Ask Nigeria
5 months ago

A review of the Nigerian food supplyWe need to begin listening to food experts about food safety in Nigeria.Express your point of view.

Ask Nigeria
Ask Nigeria
5 months ago

A review of the Nigerian food supplyWe need to begin listening to food experts about food safety in Nigeria.Express your point of view.

jdpumping
jdpumping
5 months ago

Safety of foods consumed in Nigeria is zero,from tmway the food is being transported to the market the hygiene level is nothing to right him about,the foods are not well packaged, stored,no proper sanitization in the market environment…a lot needs to be done in that area

DimOla
DimOla
5 months ago

200,000 Nigerian dies from food poisoning is a call for awakening to the reality of what should be done to stop it.
It is not only the agent responsible for creating awareness that should do it, you and I need to be involve in creating the awareness of food poison. It can happen to anyone around us including us. Of course we ourself are directly responsible to the activities that is leading to food poisoning and the level of poverty is also a contributory factor.
Government need to take action to correct this before we all die of food poison.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
5 months ago

Food safety in nigeria is not been preserved well that why people are dying from food poison. Taking care of food we eat is important because it ia about our health, storing of food should be done in a right way to prevent it from been get poisoned people should be aware how food is been preserved you can not just be storing food anyhow we have tk follow the step how it is done in the right way

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
5 months ago

Many people don’t know how to keep food safe and eatable, they need enlightenment to prevent more food related deaths

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
5 months ago

Our farmers also need financial support to enable them to keep providing quality food that will make us have a healthy lifestyle

Last edited 5 months ago by Adesanyaj72
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
5 months ago

The government has significant steps to take to prevent more deaths from happening, but they won’t focus on essential issues like this, sadly.

Bola12
Bola12
5 months ago

In many regions of Nigeria, there is a shortage of availability to safe and clean water, which can make it difficult to properly clean food. This can also make it more difficult to cook food properly.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
5 months ago

Lack of Proper planning and poor environmental sanitation in our food supply also cause our high mortality rate; the government needs to double their efforts in this aspect.

Last edited 5 months ago by Chibuzor
Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
5 months ago

I don’t think there is a body in Nigeria that regulates food supply, and if there is, they have not really been doing a good job because people are seriously dying

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
5 months ago

Our food supply system is so terrible and corrupt, you can create one food or drink that is unhealthy, but you’ll still operate in the country as far as you bribe the right people

Remi1
Remi1
5 months ago

Thanks to the United Nations for volunteering to help us deal with this major problem we’re facing, the government should quickly collaborate with them

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
5 months ago

Some farmers overuse chemicals, fertilisers and chemicals when growing their food crops, and this can lead to the food being contaminated and finally resulting to death. They need to be sensitized

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
5 months ago

The government needs to go to radio stations, TV stations and organise local programmes to educate people on how to preserve food to enable them safe for consumption

Yomii
Yomii
5 months ago

Food poisoning is a major public health concern in Nigeria. In Nigeria, inadequate sanitary conditions and preservation methods contribute to the high risk of food poisoning. Unsafely stored or tainted food can also be the cause of it. This is something that our government should work on

Khalifa001
Khalifa001
5 months ago

Nigeria food supply is the worst we need to be more serious with the way food are handled

AN-Usman
Member
5 months ago

Food safety is of paramount in human life cause we need to eat everyday to keep surviving. Farmers should make sure that the use of agrochemical on food crops are not misuse and ensure that foods are safe right from the harvesting stage to the storing stage to make sure they are safe from getting contaminated.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
5 months ago

Inadequate sanitary conditions and preservation methods contribute to the high risk of food poisoning also some farmers overuse chemicals, fertilisers and chemicals when growing their food crops which might later turn up to a bad idea. Awareness needs to be raise about the dangers of unsafe and contaminated food in order to reduce the rate of death due to food poisoning in Nigeria.

Abusi
Abusi
5 months ago

We need to cultivate the habit of safety of our food. When our food is exposed to bacteria, it causes food poisoning and that will have a repelling effect on our body system.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
5 months ago

200,000 people dieing of food poisoning in Nigeria calls for quick action. Our government need to swing into action to prevent further casualties from food poison. one way is to create awareness.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
5 months ago

As said, UN system should support the government in improving food safety, the should work with the government to develop policies and programs that will improve food safety and nutrition, and to implement these programs effectively. Afterwards, Nigeria can hope to provide her people with the safe and healthy food they deserve.

Last edited 5 months ago by Iyanu12345ogg
Tonerol10
Tonerol10
5 months ago

good support from UN to Nigeria on food, Government need to work with them

AN-Abiodun
Member
5 months ago

In the rural area, they believe unclean food and water doesn’t influence human health. Hence they have the habit of not cleaning their food properly.

And that can contribute to food poisoning, let’s keep creating awareness till everybody is informed

Tjbae
Tjbae
5 months ago

Un system need to support government in improving food safety