Scholar solicits community garden initiative

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Paulina Adeniji, a professor of Human Nutrition and Hospitality at Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, has urged the government to implement policies that will promote and develop the availability of nutritious foods and support initiatives such as farmer’s markets and community garden to make good and healthy food available for people.

She said in her inaugural lecture titled, ‘Give us adequate food in due season: Establishing a path to healthy living,’ Adeniji, who highlighted the roles government is expected to play, also challenged the National Universities Commission to increase nutrition education and awareness in schools, higher institutions, and community centres.

Paulina said by doing so, NUC will be empowering individuals to make informed dietary choices.

She further suggested to the government to ensure, “Provision of adequate nutritious foods to ensure food and nutrition security necessary for maintaining body weight, preventing weight loss and ensuring adequate consumption of vitamins and minerals.

Preventing food and water-borne diseases by emphasising food and water safety as well as personal and environmental hygiene and implementing policies that promote the availability of nutritious foods in underserved areas and support initiatives like farmer’s markets and community gardens.

Involving communities in the development of nutrition programs to ensure cultural relevance and acceptance and encouraging Nigerians to secure a space in their various houses for the home garden to afford them of eating fruits and vegetables.”

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