It was a bright then cloudy day here in the north of Ibadan. Walking down this street you could feel the well circulated conviviality in the neighborhood, and you could see the industry of the inhabitants and the focus strength of the commuters. But nothing could have been more blissful to the sight than the specter of a decade of pupils who had come from their school to felicitate with us on this day of dietary commemoration.
Today October 16 2019, being the world food day, FarmKonnect Agribusiness Nigeria Limited hosted the pupils of Life Foundation International School at its head office in No 69, Ashi RD., Bodija, Ibadan, to sensitize them on how to imbibe and maintain the culture of healthy diet. The visitation however did not stop at sensitization of the pupils on the importance of the subject-matter of this festive day but also included a modest celebration as our visitors were offered food and drinks as well as some takeaways.
Congruent to its vision to become the leading company in modern agribusiness by contributing effectively to food security in Nigeria and Africa at large, FarmKonnect Nigeria deems it necessary to extend care to children especially to primary school pupils who are considered to be the most vulnerable to the problem of malnutrition.
According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Funds (UNICEF), hundreds of millions of children globally are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them mentally, academically, physically and socially. Nigeria has the second highest burden of stunted children in the world, with a national prevalence rate of 32 percent of children under five. An estimated 2 million children in Nigeria suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), but only two out of every 10 children affected is currently reached with treatment. “This is a problem that always challenge and motivate us as an agribusiness company in Nigeria and a nascent contributor to the global food system to be at the top of our game” said Mr. Azeez Oluwole, the CEO of FarmKonnect Nigeria.
During the interactive session, Mrs. Akintola, the Proprietress of Life Foundation International School and an Agriculture enthusiast lauded FarmKonnect Nigeria for embracing the pupils and orienting them in the right course of leading a healthy life. According to the hosted educator:
Our school system has special regard for the diet and health of our pupils. On a special day like this, we don’t allow students to eat snacks or junk foods in the school. Rather, we encourage them to take more of fruits. We also take a sample of the pupils on excursion to farms, agricultural companies and other places that can expose them more to the realities of what they are taught in the school.
The Visitation ended on a positive note, indicating a promising future for both the company and the school. Mr. Azeez Oluwole said that the company will be willing to partner with the school to execute a grand project sometime in the future and Mrs. AKintola responded with a keen gesture of readiness.
Achieving Zero hunger is not all about addressing hunger but also about nourishing people while nurturing the planet.