Tips on healthy food

A professor of human nutrition, Ibiyemi Olayiwola, has charged governments at all levels to ensure prompt payment of pensions and gratuity of retirees in order for them to achieve good nutritional status and have appropriate nutrition in the evening of their life (old age). Prof. Olayiwola gave the charge at the lecture.

According to her, there is need for operative care for the elderly, which will necessitate a multi-dimensional approach, integrating and active collaboration of stakeholders including health care providers, social welfare workers, policy makers, politicians, rural/urban development agencies, members of the community, and the legal sector for adequate nutrition in the evening. She stressed that nutrition in the evening should involve a strong political commitment to drive the smooth implementation of the policy at the grassroots level, adding that enhancement in the health knowledge of the elderly about possible risk factors, and social measures.

The don noted that a supervisory mechanism that would guarantee that the community and family look after their elderly parents should be put in place, as she called for an advancement of a health insurance scheme to cover their healthcare, feeding, and overall nutritional status. Prof. Olayiwola reiterated that there should be an awareness on the recognition of early signs and symptoms of common geriatric problems, noting that there should be training and retraining of medical and paramedical staff to effectively understand the special health needs of the elderly.

Earlier, Prof. Olayiwola had stressed that “it is important to note that nutrition has a lot to do at the early stage of life”, adding that people should take their nutrition with utmost importance. She advocated that food selection programmes to showcase various foods around, saying “there are various food groups within the country”. Prof. Olayiwola, however, called for food safety education at the micro level, saying “food safety is a full blown problem in the country”, adding that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) was doing its best, but should expand its operational coast.

Meanwhile, Prof. Kolawole Adebayo, has reiterated that the focus on organic education is a testament to the collective understanding of the importance of living in harmony with the environment, respecting the delicate balance of nature, and ensuring that the future generations inherit a healthy planet. He made this known while speaking at the enlightenment programme for youths from selected primary and secondary schools in Ogun State, in celebration of the International Organic Day, 2023. The programme was organised by the Agricultural Media Resources and Extension Centre (AMREC), FUNAAB in conjunction with the Ogun State Chapter of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN). According to Prof. Adebayo, organic agriculture was premised on four principles which include, health, care, ecology, and fairness, and accentuate on nurturing, protection for all life forms and sustenability of the environment.

Speaking on organic business, Prof. Victor Olowe explained that organic agriculture “is a production system that does not involve the use of synthetic herbicides”. Prof. Olowe, said people are now realising that organic agriculture “is the fast growing sector in the world”. The Head, Organic Agriculture Project in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN), Prof. Oladeji Fabunmi, said the uniqueness of organic agriculture was that farmers avoid bringing in chemicals by adopting some indigenous knowledge that have been acquired before and built on it for the benefit of the final consumer.

In a similar vein, Prof. Michael Idowu explained that necessary arrangements had been put in place to ensure a successful outing, said Nigeria heavily relies on imported wheat, which had contributed to the expensive production of bread. He urged all attendees to come early, listen and learn, saying that the lecture would be an informative event that could pave the way for the realisation of a more sustainable and affordable bread production system in Nigeria. On his part, Prof. Michael Idowu called for policy implementation, evaluation and effective monitoring, adding that effective utilisation of composite flour would reduced the cost of bread, as it would tap into local resources, increase demand, and boost profits for farmers.

The don called on industrialists and investors within and outside the country, to support researchers in their quest for innovation, stating that Nigerians should embrace goods produced locally in order to strengthened the country’s drive for the attainment of food security. Prof. Idowu, however, noted that composite flour technology could be a game changer by utilising locally-sourced ingredients. To strengthened the nation’s quest for food security, a Professor of Food Science and Technology, Prof. Michael Idowu, has urged Nigerians to embraced goods that are produced locally, as he calls for an effective utilisation of composite flour to reduce cost of bread in the country.

Prof. Idowu stressed that establishment of a national research centre that would be saddled with responsibility to plan, execute, monitor and evaluate researches of national interest was necessary, saying that such a body should have the mandate to harvest research outputs from various tertiary institutions and research institutes for commercialisation or implementation.