THE fifth edition of the HarvestPlus Nutritious Food Fair (NFF) with the theme, “Nutrition is everybody’s business” has ended at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture(IITA ), Ibadan, Oyo State . NFF is an annual flagship event of HarvestPlus Nigeria, which aims to drive the production, consumption, and marketing of nutritious food in Nigeria..
In his opening remarks, IITA Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery, Kenton Dashiell, described IITA and HarvestPlus as “family”, because both have a mission to improve the health and nutrition of people all over Africa and the world. “We’re here to change things, and every year we should be able to see at least a change, an improvement in the health and nutrition of our people”, he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of HarvestPlus, Arun Baral, was pleased to see that many stakeholders are taking nutrition and health more importantly, and according to him, “taking biofortification to the next level—where biofortified foods are available on everyone’s table.” He added that the food fair platform is unique to Nigeria, thereby setting the country as a model to the world on how to solve nutrition problems.
HarvestPlus Country Director, Nigeria, Paul Ilona, said “HarvestPlus is multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary.” With over 60 partners in the public and private sectors, research institutes as well as foundations and civil societies, HarvestPlus works on large-scale food fortification, scaling up the nutrition business network, improving national government policies, a postharvest loss alliance for nutrition, and better diets for children.