Experts call on private sector to support education on nutrition deficiency
Stakeholders and experts in the nutrition sector have called on the private sector to strengthen nutrition education through communication tools and strategies against the backdrop of startling revelation that globally, an estimated 165 million children under the age of 5 years are stunted, while 52 million deficient in key vitamins and minerals.
The Country Coordinator, SUN Business Network, a private sector initiative geared towards improving nutrition in over 29 nations in the world, Uduak IgbekaIn, made the call, while speaking at a recent workshop with the theme: “Nutrition Communication and Social Media Marketing.”
The workshop also had in attendance officials from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and Federal Ministry of Health who provided regulatory perspectives on food related policies, among others.
IgbekaIn advocated the need to support businesses to better communicate nutrition to consumers and also to sensitize them on how to maximize the social media for better marketing of nutritious foods, which he said had become more imperative.