Bauchi State Government and the United States Agency for International Development has launched a new nutrition program, the USAID-Advancing Nutrition Nigeria Project that would work towards strengthening multi-sectoral coordination to improve nutritional status of vulnerable populations in the communities.
The $9.5million project focuses on three states Kebbi, Sokoto and Bauchi State. Key objectives of the project are strengthening multi-sectoral linkages and coordination through technical assistance to the Government of Nigeria through the focus States, the mission, and implementing partners. The project will also work towards supporting the States to strengthen wasting prevention and treatment services. It will generate evidence and test innovative approaches to improve nutrition programming and inform future program design. According to the guidelines and expected outcomes, the program is expected to utilize home-base agricultural produce tailored to address malnutrition in adolescents and specific areas. It would make use of innovative ways to strengthened demand creation and research in schools and other relevant communities. The program’s launch was carried out by the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed represented by the Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning, Aminu Hammayo along with other stakeholders that included the ministries of Health, Education, Agriculture, Women Affairs and Child Development, Information and Communication, Water Resources and Local Government Affairs along with State Primary Health Care Development Agency and Bauchi State Agricultural Development Project.