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High-level meeting on establishing a healthier food intake by Nigerians

Choices International Foundation and Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF) closely work together in helping consumers make healthier choices; thereby contributing to improved nutrition Nigeria.

The dire need for further action and stronger collaboration to reach the Sustainable Development Goals on ending hunger and on the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Nigeria necessitated a high-level discussion with the major organizations that work in the fields of both malnutrition and NCD Prevention and Control. This meeting, co-organized by Choices and NHF, took place on 14 August in Lagos, Nigeria.

The participating organizations include: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN), The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Non-Communicable Diseases Nigeria (NCDAN), Federation of African Nutrition Societies, NHF, Choices and FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nig Ltd (representing the Food Industry).

These organizations use consumer education as one of the major tools to reach their goal. They want to involve the business sector to be part of the solution and are gaining experience with specific tools such as food labelling.

Representatives of participating organizations mapped current nutrition action with regards to malnutrition, stunting, fortification, NCD prevention and control. The Food Labelling Criteria of Choices International Foundation and Nigerian Heart Foundation shared with participants led to the discussions on priorities for further actions and options for collaboration. Future collaborations with Government, international donors, Non-State actors and the Food Industry were emphasized to achieve the set goal. A master plan will be drafted to initiate concrete actions by all participants from 2019.

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