Commissioner of Agriculture in Kaduna State, Hadjia Halima Lawal on Wednesday said Malnutrition happens when people don’t have balanced food.
She stated this at the Nutrition Conversations Africa (NCAFRICA) , a webinar submit on the importance of SME’s in the agricultural sector
In her address, she said this is the right time to talk about malnutrition.
According to her poverty is another factor, noting that the high prices of food have put decent and nutritious meals out of the table of many homes.
“Because of malnutrition we need more money to treat the sick. We need to look at nutrition programmes in the health sector.
“By doing that we can create areas to produce the right food. Improving food security is right, as a government, we need to take up our responsibility and provide more funding and create farmers awareness,” she said.
Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Dr Lawrence Haddad in his remarks at the event said the African continent’s free trade agreement will benefit SME’s.
He said: “SME’s is the backbone of food system in Africa.They need support. The free trade agreement could pull together 2,000 SME’s.”
The event was attended by notable people in the agricultural sector across Africa.