Food for development in Nigeria

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Publication Date: 
01 January 2011
Olayinka David-West
UN Millennium Development Goal: 
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Develop a global partnership for development

The Tetra Pak Food for Development Office (FfDO) is an initiative of Tetra Pak, the global packaging corporation that was established to improve nutrition and health as well as alleviate poverty globally. In 2004, the Nasarawa State Government (NSG), under the mandate of President Olusegun Obasanjo, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, collaborated with Tetra Pak West Africa (TPWA) in the development of a state‐wide school feed programme using Nutri‐Sip, a maize‐based meal supplement that had been developed and deployed in South Africa. Due to the limited availability of maize in Nigeria, the short‐term production/localization of Nutri‐Sip required a new product formulation. The replacement raw material, cassava, had to be properly researched and thus, the school feed programme commenced with the maize‐based Nutri‐Sip, imported from South Africa. Delayed by the importation process, the government‐led programme eventually kicked off in September 2005.

As of December 2005, half of the targeted enrolee population of 150,000 had joined the programme, which was complemented by prior de‐worming of the children. However, a change in the political leadership in both the federal and state governments led to the abrupt termination of the programme, stalling local production and the establishment of the proposed pan‐Nigeria school feed programme. In 2008, having demonstrated and evaluated the nutritional benefits of Nutri‐Sip, Tetra Pak West Africa transferred the rights to a local processor company interested in reinitiating the school feed initiative. Today, although Tetra Pak West Africa (TPWA) is without a school feed scheme, they are contemplating new sustainable options for milk‐based school feed programmes that encompass the lessons of the Nasarawa pilot and facilitate the implementation of the cow‐toconsumer model that ensures that these programmes will not only serve the nutritional needs of the children, but also address poverty in the value chain.

Citation: David-West, Olayinka. "Food for Development in Nigeria." GIM Case Study No. B094. New York: United Nations Development Programme, 2011