Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology - 36th Annual Conference
“Food, Nutrition and Wellness: key to national transformation agenda” was the theme of the Nigeria Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) 36th Annual Meeting that took place at the University of Lagos from 15 to 19 October 2012.
GAIN hosted the first plenary session at the conference, which featured distinguished speakers from GAIN Geneva, the Food Industry, Development Partners and Government.
From left to right: Francis Aminu, GAIN Project Manager, Food Fortification, Nigeria; Larry Umunna, GAIN Nigeria Country Manager; Greg S. Garrett, GAIN Director, Large-Scale Food Fortification; Prof. Gbenga Ogunmoyela, Dean, College of Food Science, Bells University, Nigeria; Dr Chris Isokpunwu, Head of Nutrition Federal Ministry of Health and Dr Paul Ilona, Country Director, Harvest Plus
Professor Gbenga Ogunmoyela, Dean, College of Food Science, Bells University, Nigeria, moderated the event and stressed the crucial interconnection between food science and technology, wellness and national development.
Larry Umunna, GAIN Nigeria Country Manager, in his welcome remarks, highlighted GAIN’s focus on Nigeria, its programs and efforts being made to invest in partnerships to stop malnutrition.
Greg S. Garrett, GAIN Director, Large-Scale Food Fortification, shared information on the changing consumption trends in Africa and the implication for nutrition and wellness.
Dr. Chris Isokpunwu, Head of Nutrition at the Federal Ministry of Health, shared insights into the state of nutrition in Nigeria and government policies put in place to address the scourge of malnutrition.
The leadership role played by the Food Industry in reducing malnutrition through food fortification was clearly outlined in the paper presented by Mr. Fred Chiazor, Chairman, National Fortification Alliance.
The Country Director for Harvest Plus Nigeria, Dr.Paul Ilona, presented lessons on bio-fortification of staple foods and how this intervention is being used to close the micronutrient gap.