Nourishing the Malnourished

Nnamani, Catherine V. (2014). Nourishing the Malnourished. UNU-INRA Policy Brief. United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa.

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    Author Nnamani, Catherine V.
    Title Nourishing the Malnourished
    Series Title UNU-INRA Policy Brief
    Volume/Issue No. 2/3
    Publication Date 2014
    Place of Publication Accra
    Publisher United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa
    Pages 4
    Language eng
    Abstract Twelve years after the declaration of the Millennium Development Goals, where world leaders committed their nations to a bold global partnership to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, an unacceptably high rate of malnutrition still persists in Nigeria, despite several commitments made by National and International Donor Agencies towards this course (Burchi et al., 2011; UN General Assembly, 2001). Malnutrition, which is the highest health risk to sustainable development, still devastates about 11% of Nigeria’s under-five children, women and the elderly. Grebmer et al (2010) in Global Hunger Index (2010) ranked Nigeria 40th out of 80 countries with high proportion of hungry people, yet it is endowed with rich natural biodiversity. Children born and raised in poor, rural families face a higher risk of malnutrition induced illnesses such as stunted growth, goitre, blindness, kwashiorkor and marasmus (FAO, 2005). In light of the above, it has become imperative that policy attempts are made to reduce this menace and thereby enhance sustainable development in the country. This study provides some approaches that could enable policy makers to take deliberate steps in this direction.
    Keyword Resource scarcity
    Copyright Holder United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa
    Copyright Year 2014
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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