Poor Dietary Quality is Nigeria’s Key Nutrition Problem

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April 22, 2020 - Author: Olivier Ecker, Andrew Comstock, Raphael Babatunde, and Kwaw Andam

Olivier Ecker, Andrew Comstock, Raphael Babatunde, and Kwaw Andam, 2020. Poor Dietary Quality is Nigeria’s Key Nutrition Problem , FSP Policy Research Brief 119.

Key Findings

  • Nigeria faces a growing triple burden of malnutrition.
  • Poor dietary quality is the root cause of all forms of malnutrition.
  • Poor dietary quality is a universal problem in Nigeria.
  • Observed dietary diversification is mainly driven by increased consumption of empty, non-staple calories.
  • Agricultural seasonality tends to have limited effects on dietary quality in general.
  • Agricultural and related trade policies have an important role to play in improving household diets and reducing the triple burden of malnutrition.
  • Policymakers should consider adopting a food system framework for reforming federal and state-level food and nutrition policies.

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Tags: c1-c2, cross-cutting-nutrition, fsg policy brief, fsp policy brief, nigeria, nutrition, policy research and capacity building


Related Topic Areas

Nigeria, C1-C2


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