To stimulate partnerships and investments in the agriculture, food and health sectors, HarvestPlus Nigeria would host Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade; his counterpart in Anambra State, Willie Obiano; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogeh and Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, at the 2016 edition of Nutritious Food Fair (NFF) in Calabar.

The event, packaged to stimulate robust engagement around nutrition and food security, is scheduled as follows:

Date: Wednesday, November 9th to Friday, November 11th, 2016

Venue: Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC) / TINAPA

Theme: Multi-sectoral Partnership To Promote More Nutritious Crops and Foods—‘You Are What You Eat

Time: 9:00 am daily

Other expected guests include 2016 World Food Prize Winners; members of House of Representatives and Senate, and over 20 other speakers from the private and development sectors. A-list Nollywood stars, led by Segun Arinze and Fidelis Duker, would also be in attendance.

The event is aimed to increase the demand and consumption of more nutritious foods; promote and encourage investment in the nutritious food sector and strengthen partnerships between public and private sector stakeholders particularly among farmers, processors, marketers and consumers.

It serves as a platform to show progress made in developing more nutritious foods by the industrial sector (emphasizing nutrient rich foods), research institutions (emphasizing nutrient rich crop varieties and their derivatives) as well as government policy support. There would be a showcase of opportunities for youth employment in the nutritious food sector and recognition of advocates in the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health sector.

The maiden edition of the fair, which held in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, in 2015, was attended by over 3000 participants from 5 countries and was declared opened by the Vice President. Over forty exhibitors, including national and international research centres, colleges of agriculture, food companies, herbicide companies, input dealers, equipment manufacturers, seed companies, caterers and delivery partners exhibited and sold products. Twenty schools that had earlier qualified for the Grande-finale of the national nutrition quiz competition were also in attendance.

Register for the event and book for exhibition booth at www.nutritiousfoodfair.org

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