ZERO HUNGER AND FOOD SECURITY CAN BE ACHIEVED, YES, IT IS VERY, POSSIBLE WITH THE USE OF SOYBEANS IN NIGERIA…
Soybeans, commonly known as soyabeans in Nigeria is a protein-enriched soluble nutrient that can be used to conquer hunger and food insecurity in NIGERIA even as this can also be used to campaign for a Sustainable Tomorrow and Nutrition Security in the country.
This is according to a recent Right To Protein awareness campaign of the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), which while hosting its augural conference in Nigeria, stressed on the importance of adequate protein consumption for better nutrition, health, and well-being of the Nigerian populace.
Reports say about 4 past editions of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) have shown that food insecurity is biting hard and this can be seen as a humbling reality.
Although Nigeria is now only seven years away from 2030, yet, the distance to especially reach the SDG 2 target of ‘Zero Hunger’ is growing more expansive each year and it’s very alarming to note that the world is moving backward in its efforts to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms.
So at this critical juncture, to stand and help build a better track record that can Nigeria achieve Zero Hunger, my interest as a food and nutrition journalist is to push forth a solutions journalism narrative that would encourage the use and consumption of protein.
This is a situation where I use my food & nutrition journalism skills to campaign for a crucial and sustainable possibility for every Nigerian foodie to be deliberate and intentional about protein consumption.
As a journalist who is here to impact and influence my heterogenous food and nutrition audiences, the points I make on this important food matter can help address the pressing issue of food and nutrition insecurity in the land.
This is because recent reports have highlighted that 45% of the Nigerian population, almost half of the 214 million Nigerians do not consume protein daily, as against the recommended consumption requirement.
This is owing to the fact that proteins, which is a vital component of the Nigerian diet, is not given much attention, despite the fact that it plays a pivotal role in maintaining human health and well-being.
The Right to Protein campaign is a public health initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of protein in the diet and the right of every individual to have access to sufficient, affordable, and high-quality protein.