USAID Launches ‘EatSafe’ Activity to Help Improve Nutrition in Nigeria’s Kebbi State

Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (right), with EatSafe Country Manager Augustine Okoruwa (center) Ms. Karima Babangida, Director of Food and Strategic Reserve in Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development at the EatSafe launch in Abuja on December 3, 2020.

Abuja – On December 3, 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new Consumer Food Safety Evidence and Learning Platform, known as Evidence and Action Toward Safe, Nutritious Food (EatSafe), which will support Nigeria in improving food security, safety, nutrition, and resilience, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nigeria will receive a total of $6 million in funding as one of five countries to benefit from a five year, $31.5 million Cooperative Agreement awarded to the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), an independent non-profit foundation, which has been operating in Nigeria since 2012.  Implementation will begin in Kebbi State, which has the highest incidence of malnutrition in the country.  The Kebbi portion of the activity is funded at $3.5 million.

“USAID recognizes that food safety is crucial for improving nutrition for a healthy, productive, and resilient Nigeria,” Colin Dreizin, the Director of USAID’s Office of Economic Growth and Environment, said at the launch.  “EatSafe will explore innovative ways to engage stakeholders, including the private sector, to improve food safety and nutrition security.   Ensuring safe and nutritious food for all is one of the key public health and social challenges of our time.”

EatSafe will build off GAIN’s established relationships with informal Nigerian markets selling nutritious foods to strengthen the voice of vendors and consumers in the pandemic response and recovery.  A series of rapid assessments of market resilience will help ensure Kebbi can adapt to pandemic shocks and ensure the availability of safe and nutritious foods to its people.

In accord with the U.S. Global Food Security Strategy for Nigeria’s objective of a well-nourished population, especially among women and children; EatSafe will help foster a healthier population in Nigeria and help guarantee safe and nutritious foods for their families.

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