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In 1.4 of chapter one, migration should not be only seen in the context of economic development alone, it should encompass economic and human capital development since migration has been found to affect human capital development of both migrants and their left behind households. I propose 1.4 should incorporate human capita development.
You can not talk about nutrition without first addressing the problem of food insecurity. The vulnerable group (both women and children) in the poverty riddened society hear no language of balance diet; they are after getting their daily meal to survive first. Hence, agricultural programmes of the country should be reviewed and government should be able to develop the political will to achieve increase food production, organise food policy that will incorporate small scale farmers into government programmes. A sustainable solution that encourages and create incentives for people to produce more food for themselves is also advocated; this, i think can be achived through subsidizing the basic inputs ( such as fertilizer, improved seeds and seedlings) and timely dessemination of innovative technologies to the small scale farmers that are scattered all over the country.
According to USAID 2011, malnutrition is an underlying cause of more than one out of three child deaths in poor countries each year and major contributor to the burden of diseases worldwide and as such should attract emergency responses and intervention in takkling the problem. The programme should priortize the production of foods that are eaten by the vulnerable population especially in the North east of Nigeria, promote agricultural activities that support employment generation and not the ones that displace labour, encourage small scale agricultural processes that promote women participation and access to innovative technologies while incorporating micro-nutrient rich crop varieties that will improve on the nutritional wellbing of the vulnerable ones.
It is imperative that Nigeria government first and foremost eradicate corruption, and encourage local production of goods and services especially agricultural products for which we have comparative advantage to produce in terms of weather, soil and vegetation and de-emphasize high expenditure on foreign consumption of things we can locally produce. Also small and medium scale farmers should be encouraged through the provision of improved inputs, subsidy and new production innovations. Non- farm activities should also be encouraged among the rural farmers in rural Africa to suplement their farm income and eradicate poverty.