Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16 October 2021

World Food Day

Imo State LGA Food Mapping Workshop and Monitoring of Nutrition Programs in Selected LGAs

Owerri (Nigeria), 30/09/2021 - 31/10/2021

Introduction Background One of the critical factors affecting food availability, consumption and nutritional status is the crucial access to locally produced foods within the locality of the population. Such foods are often readily available within the markets in the produce area and more importantly at affordable prices – a real fundamental tool to facilitate food intake and alleviate hunger, malnutrition and their complications on a people already in danger of starvation (FAO,2017). The Imo state LGA FOOD MAPPING is proposed to help identify foods that can be produced at a competitive scale of production by each LGA for food and agricultural transformation of the state and thus banish malnutrition, hunger and nutrition related deaths. Imo state is in the heart of Southeastern Nigeria and known to be among the states with the highest population density;least in land mass and unfortunately, in terms of food produce, among the most dependent on other states for food supply to feed her populations. The result has meant that the populationpractically buys everything and produces too little due to poor coordination and motivation to efficiently harness areas of competitive agricultural produce for each LGA as a policy programme of action. Already by her positioning, the state is blessed with clement weather and substantial fertile uncultivated land mass for sustainable agricultural food and nutrition security for her people (Amanze an Onubuogu, 2017|. This is the import of the workshop so proposed. No place was the precarious food and nutrition security of the State more highlighted as during the lockdown periods following efforts to control spread of covid-19 and the more recently, purported food embargo by a section of Northern Nigerian foodstuff tradersfor sundry reasons. Prices of foodstuffs skyrocketed beyond measures and the population suffered grievously. Indeed, even the locally produced food went to the roof. For instance, a custard bucket of the “poorest man s food“gari” went from N600 to N1500. Thus, LGA FOOD MAPPING is an urgent call and opportunity for government policy makers/programmers and Agriculture and Nutrition field officers in the state and LGAs to raise awareness of the dangerous position of the state and her populations vis-a-vis food production, the need to concretely address the food gap of the state by identifying specific food produces by LGAs with competitive advantage for subsequent support for massive production, consumption and export to other states for cash as a way of improving nutrition and food security of the state in particular and Nigeria in general. This situation analysis workshop shall draw up immediately action points for each LGA to address specific food gaps. Objective of workshop These shall include but not limited to - Identify food produced in large scale for food and cash crops in LGAs - Determine areas for marketing of produces for quick sales - Encourage coordinated action plan for the LGA Nutrition and Agric Development officers and Extension for improved consumption of nutritionally rich foods - Identify challenges facing the populations in food production and consumption Justification for Workshop - This shall foster and strengthen the bond and partnership between the NSN National, NSN Imo state Chapter and the Government of the state in addressing food production and consumption situation of the state - It shall draw attention of the government to Nutrition sensitive actions and programmes that will largely win the hearts of her citizens - The workshop shall offer a great opportunity to re-invigorate the State Food and Nutrition Committee at both the state and the LGA levels and key question of funding since all the major actors shall be in attendance. - It will lay a solid foundation for continuous partnership and collaboration between NSN and the government and WORLD FOOD DAY celebration henceforth WORK PLAN – Activities/Dates A. Constitution of Steering Committee(SC) meeting on World Food Day (WFD)…………….Sept 30,2021 B. Inaugural meeting of Steering Committee on WFD……………………………………………….Oct 3,2021 C. Meeting of State Food & Nutrition Committee SCFN……………………………………………..Oct 5,2021 D. Meeting of NSN Imo State Chapter on collaboration……………………………………………..Oct 8, 2021 E. Confirmation of venue and all invitees to WFD…………………………………………………….Oct 9,2021 F. Programme contents of WFD/allocation of personnel and Resource Persons…………Oct 10, 2021 G. Advocacy visits to Her Excellency First lady of Imo State…………………………………Oct 12-13Oct, 2021 The Deputy Governor and Heads line Ministries – Planning, Health, Agriculture and ADP/other Partners H. Collaborative meetings on implementation of WFD……………………………………………………Oct 12, 2021 I. NSN Imo State Chapter meeting on WFD……………………………………………………………………………….Oct 12, 2021 J. Implementation of World Food Day activities…………………………………………………………………Oct 14 and 16, 2021 • Workshop on Imo LGA’S Food Mapping/Lectures at Benchmark Hotels………Oct 14,2021 • Radio presentation at Darling FM………………………………………........................Oct 15,2021 • Nutrition walk, awareness and sensitization………………………………………………………………………….............................Oct 16, 2021 K. Review meeting on activities of WFD………………………………………………………………...Oct 20, 2021 L. NSN Imo State Chapter meeting on WFD Report and follow up…………………………...Oct 27,2021 M. Report on WFD submission and dissemination to project ENAN, line ministries, LGA chairmen and the Press …………………Oct 31,2021