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Tackling malnutrition in Bwari Area Council of FCT

Skills acquisition for Bwari women

According to a United Nations report, Nigeria records about 2.6 million cases of Severe Acute Malnourished Children annually.

The cases are predominantly in Northern Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory due to the influx of internally displaced persons to the area.

 Bwari is one of the six Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory with original inhabitants known as the Gbagyi.

The main occupation of the Gbagyi’s is farming, considering the land mass.

However, due to poverty, unemployment and hunger as a result of the high cost of farming implements and food items, many families are unable to feed, a situation which has led to a population of highly Malnourished Children.

To solve this problem, the European Union through its Agents of Citizen Driven Transformation (EU-ACT) project in collaboration with the International Society for Media in Public Health, ISMPH, identified and trained 30 vulnerable women in the production of organic fertilizer, Charcoal briquette as well as locally-made baby food for moderately malnourished children known as “Tom Brown” with affordable and cheap materials.

Speaking at the three-day training for the women at Barangoni in Bwari, the programme Director of ISMPH, Mr Solomon Dogo noted that the aim of the project was to empower women with life-changing skills that would reduce unemployment, hunger and malnutrition.

The lead trainer, Mr Hassan Mustapha while explaining the processes for making the items said the end products were more cost-effective than the regular ones in the market.

Some of the beneficiaries, Vera Manasseh and Mrs Dorcas Mbatsav while expressing delight for the empowerment said they would use the skills acquired for wealth generation.

The chief of Barangoni in Bwari, Mr Danlami Nana said for a long, most farmers had problems associated with poor harvest due to little or no fertilizer.

He expressed optimism that the knowledge gained would help the vulnerable women to be self-sufficient while boosting economic activities in the area.

The Esu of Bwari, HRH, Ibrahim Yero represented by his Secretary, Mr. Amos Musa commended the European Union and ISMPH for the well-meaning project with a promise to ensure monitoring for sustainability.

Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara, editing by Daniel Adejo