At the Miatta Conference Center in Freetown, Vice President Dr Mohamed
Juldeh Jalloh on Thursday 27th, June 2019 launched the country’s
strategic multi-sector malnutrition reduction plan.

The Vice President gave the keynote address, in which he started with emphasis on the struggle the access to quality food, and how malnutrition have a long history in this country,
noting that studies show that the problem is more acute in urban areas
which he said demands rapid reorganization.

He expressed government’s commitment to address malnutrition with the
launching of the strategic plan that is not only geared towards
getting government and partners to reduce malnutrition but also as a
means to measure government’s commitment to human capital development.

The plan he said provides a clear roadmap to guide the actions of
various partners to reduce malnutrition through enhanced collaboration
under one umbrella.

The plan he added is a pathway to achieving SDG 2 – ending hunger,
achieving food security and sustainable agricultural development.

He spoke of nutritional governance which comprises health, food
security and nutrition taking in multi-sector efforts to strengthen
and expand intervention with good planning and monitoring of results.
Vigorous efforts he said are being made to drive partnership for
implementation of the plan.

He maintained that government is cognizant of the fact that ending the problem requires massive investment in agriculture. That is why
government is working on enhancing and achieving food self sufficiency by 2030 as the ultimate solution to malnutrition, noting that the country spends $400 million to import food with rice alone taking up
$200 million.

Government’s strategy he said is to reduce food import and increase
the domestic capacity for producing food using the private sector for
which he said government has drawn up a national agricultural
transformation plan and a national agricultural investment plan.

However, VP Jalloh noted that many African countries are long on plan but short on implementation. Thus he said the success of the nutrition plan depends on stakeholders owning the plan, promising that
government will support the process.

He ended by thanking the partners that have been supportive of the
process, including Irish Aid, WFP and others.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.


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