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Group flags off zero-hunger campaign in Kano

Nigeria’s ranking in global hunger index unchanged

…pledges to feed millions of Nigerians

T200 Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, has launched what it described as a special campaign designed to provide food for hungry Nigerians, across the 36 states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The programme which took place weekend at the Coronation Hall inside the Kano Government House, involved the feeding and distribution of exercise books, as well as sanitary pads to 11,000 beneficiaries, who were mainly women and children of school age.

Emmanuel Osadebay, executive director of the Foundation, noted that the campaign was conceived with the sole aim of addressing the rising food need of vulnerable Nigerians

He said the programme, which is being implemented in partnership with public, and private stakeholders in the country, was one of the contributions of the group towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda 2, which is geared at zero-hunger world.

Feed the Hungry Programme

“We are here today is to launch our nationwide campaign designed to assist the United Nation achieve it global policy of fighting zero hunger in the world. The SDG agenda number 2 is about ending all forms of hunger in the world.

“The campaign is tagged ‘Feed the Hungry Programme’, and today our target is to feed 11 thousand people in Kano state. This is the first time we are having the programme in Kano, but we have held similar programme in Abuja where 12 thousand people were feed. We have also held the programme in Borno state, where 7, 000 people were feed, and in Sokoto in which 10,000 people were also feed.

“The beneficiaries of the programme are vulnerable Nigerians, who are finding it difficult to feed. The programme has been scheduled to hold in all the 36 states of Nigeria. Our desire is to end hunger, and the scourge of hunger among Nigerians.

“We intend doing this on a sustainable basis. We do not just want to feed the beneficiaries of this programme only for a day, and go away, we intend expanding our partnership by taking any of them who is ready to partner with us on our integrated farm.

“For the beneficiaries that want to work on our farm, they will have the opportunity of working for us for a year, and during the duration of their stay on the farm, they will be entitled to 10% of the total monetary value of whatever they are involved in producing”, he explained.

Parternship in Kano

Osadebay hinted that the Foundation is particularly, interested in entering into a partnership with the Kano State Government in tackling the challenge of rising food need of the residents of the state.

The Kano State governor, who was represented, Salisu Bala, permanent secretary, Ministry of Women, Children, and People with Disabilities, said that the launch of the programme in the State was a welcome development.

He noted that SDG2, is about ending hunger, noting that the intervention of the group in that regard, would go a long way in bridging the widening food need in the country, and called on other notable groups to emulate what the Foundation is doing.