Investment In Millet Production Will Reduce Malnutrition In Nigeria- FAO

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has advised the Federal Government on the importance of proper investment in the production of millet.

The FAO revealed that investing in the cultivation of millet, as a measure to address hunger, and malnutrition in Nigeria will curtail several health and economic issues.

The United Nations had earlier revealed that in Nigeria, 37 per cent of children, or 6 million children below the age of five are chronically malnourished, and the country has the second-largest number of malnourished children globally after India.

Revealing methods the government could adopt to curtail the increased rate of hunger and malnutrition, the FAO representative in Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Fred Kafeero said Nigeria could transform the narrative surrounding millets by elevating it from being a mere staple food to a strategic crop.