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We have seen in statistics that by 2050, Nigeria is going to have four hundred and fifty million people but the question is how are we going to feed them if we cannot feed the one hundred and eighty million that we have today? It will take courage, vision, innovation at large scale and these are required by every single individual.
Complementary foods are foods other than breast milk or a newborn child formula which can be liquid, semisolid, or solid that is given to babies to give them nutrients for healthy growth. According to World Health Organization (W.H.O.), at the point when breast milk is no more enough to meet the wholesome needs of a newborn child, complimentary food ought to be added to the eating routine of the child.
You need enough sleep. You need enough sleep in order to function and in order to restore and rejuvenate your mind and your body. Tens of millions of people have insomnia and other sleep problems. Stress, worry, and fear can be major contributors to sleep (and non-sleep) problems. It is very common for people to toss and turn all night or sleep too few hours or not sleep at all.
Life has this sneaky way of creeping in and throwing curve balls left and right. Life will always happen. There will always be a busy day at work or family problems or relationship highs and lows or sick children. Once a conflict arises, it seems like health and fitness routines go haywire. We seek comfort food or we just don’t feel like moving.
The term agribusiness is not always correlated with the actual farms/ farms activities. Instead, it is used to commonly mean an agriculturally-related business that is involved in the supply of farm inputs such as machinery, seeds, agrichemicals, etc. The term is also used to describe firms/ businesses that are involved majorly in the marketing activities of agriculture-related products such as processors, wholesalers, warehouses, retailers, etc.
Values-Based Success is about creating change in your life based on the values that are important to you. Your values are the foundation of the results that you get in life, so you need to choose values that are truly important to you, not others. You need to craft a plan that supports those values. So why is that important? If our values are the foundation of our results it would seem that we always get what we value in life.
In 2008, I was engaged by a large multinational that wanted to enter Nigeria, they wanted to introduce nutritious products to the country, however, as a consultant, I traveled the length and breadth of Nigeria, and I was shocked at what I learned. It is shocking that we have failed to realize the depth of the hunger-challenge we face as a nation, about thirty percent of our children are stunted and with stunted growth, it affects their educational pursuits, gives inability to keen to employment and endurance to live a full and meaningful life. Thus, about forty to fifty percent of our fruits and vegetables in Nigeria goes to the waste even though sixty percent of our population works in Agriculture but we still export ninety percent of the processed foods we eat. As a nation, we are facing the crisis of hunger and poverty which is affecting our labor force; about seventeen percent wage loss which is equivalent to the loss of about fifteen billion dollars annually all because of our failure to provide micro-nutrients foods for our children. We also recognize that with the crisis in northern Nigeria, about 4.7 million people are food insecure. Hunger in Nigeria is draining our workforce and killing our future, most of the causes are clearly man-made because we have created them through corruption, inability to invest in local processing, and inability to invest in modern fighting of malnutrition because of the neglect of our agricultural sector which is resulting to low yields and waste. The sad reality is that even though our government stipulated that all manufacturers of oil, flour, sugar, and salt should fortify their products with vitamin A and iodine, it is only two percent of the companies we have in Nigeria who practice this. We have neglected the issue of hunger and poverty in our country, and the question is, why should our children suffer because of the changes we have refused to make? I love this quote by the late Koffi Annan which essentially says that “a man is not free if he’s hungry because on a daily basis he focuses on his next meal”. We see these children every day; in the traffic, in our villages, communities, they are the nieces and nephews, the Aishas in Gombe, Segun in urban Lagos, Uche in Onitsha. They are definitely not different from our children only that, opportunities and circumstances made the difference; however, each of these individuals deserves to have a full and meaningful life.
Ndidi O. Nwuneli (MFR): Co-Founder – AACE Food Processing & Distribution Ltd; Founder – LEAP Africa; Managing Partner – Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition on World Food Day at Union Bank: The Next 100