Poisonous Abacha [African Salad] kills 6 in Lagos!

At least, six persons have been confirmed dead in Isolo Local Government Area of Lagos State after eating contaminated cassava delicacy, otherwise known as Abacha, a local food of the people of the South-East geopolitical zone.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who briefed newsmen on the development at the state’s secretariat, said that 39 other persons were under observation and receiving treatment at public and private health facilities in Isolo.

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World Bank says Agriculture Drive in Uganda is helping to Reduce Poverty!

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Poverty reduction among households in agriculture accounts for 79 percent of national poverty reduction from 2006 to 2013. According to the World Bank Group’s latest Poverty Assessment, the proportion of the Ugandan population living beneath the national poverty line declined from 31.1 percent in 2006 to 19.7 percent in 2013. Similarly, the country was one of the fastest in Sub-Saharan Africa to reduce the share of its population living on $1.90 PPP per day or less, from 53.2 percent in 2006 to 34.6 percent in 2013.

The growth in agricultural incomes of households over this decade was driven by favorable food prices and good rainfall, enabling poor smallholder farmers to obtain higher incomes from their produce. The government’s increased spending on road infrastructure, education, growth in urban centers, promotion of trade and access to new regional markets, as well as the return of peace to the war-torn northern region contributed significantly to further poverty reduction.

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Tumeric and its health benefits!

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Turmeric is a spice which in its raw form looks a bit like ginger root, but when it’s ground down you get a distinctive yellowy orange powder that’s very popular in South Asian cuisine. Until recently the place you would most likely encounter turmeric would be in chicken tikka masala, one of Britain’s most popular dishes.

These days, thanks to claims that it can improve everything from allergies to depression, it’s become incredibly trendy, not just cooked and sprinkled on food but added to drinks like tea. Turmeric latte anyone?

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Unicef says prevailing increase in prices of food is hampering fight against malnutrition in Nigeria!

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The United Nations Children’s Fund has  said that prevailing increase in prices of food items was hampering the ongoing fight against malnutrition in Nigeria.

The Fund’s Nutrition Specialist, Doctor Florence Oni, stated this at a Quarterly Review Meeting of Kaduna State Committee on Food and Nutrition with nutrition officers from twenty three local government areas in the state.

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