Experts instruct FG and devt partners on sustainable nutrition financing

Experts have called for multi-sectoral collaboration between relevant federal government ministries, departments and agencies and development partners to address the nutrition financing gaps in the country.

They made the call on Saturday in Abuja at a stakeholder engagement meeting organized by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning in collaboration with Results for Development (R4D).

Country Director, Results for Development (R4D), Dr Hope Uweja, said ministries of health, education, agriculture, water resources, women’s affairs and development partners should come together and adopt a more uniform and integrated approach to financing nutrition in the country.

He said nutrition accounts for more than 45% of morbidity in children under five, noting that one of the main nutrition challenges in the country is getting who is responsible for funding it.

He said, “If you don’t know how nutrition is funded, it’s hard to mobilize resources for it.

“So this project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aims to determine the amount of funding, whether by government, development partners or the private sector.”

Dr Uweja added that the essence of the project is that when the volume of funding and who is funding it will be known, stakeholders will then start making plans for additional funding, effective resources and more effective use of funding. for nutrition in the country.

He said the Nutrition Resource Tracker was developed to ensure accountability, track usage, as well as ensure cost-effectiveness by providing better value for money.

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Ms. Olusola Idowu, said that the baseline review of the resource survey that was conducted at national and sub-national levels revealed gaps in nutrition spending in relevant ministries, departments and agencies. (MDA).

Represented by the ministry’s director of social development, Dr Sanjo Faniran, she said the shortcomings needed urgent attention from stakeholders.

She said that the federal government has taken measures such as prioritization of the National Multi-Sector Food and Nutrition Action Plan (NMPFAN 2021-2025) in the National Development Plan (NDP 2021-2030) to improve the nutrition financing.

Dr. Lekan Olubajo, head of the nutrition resource tracking study, said that little attention is paid to optimal nutrition among children in the country, adding that nutrition is important for national development, especially in children under two years of age.

Michael J. Birnbaum