Non-profit food distribution: working with businesses to reduce undernutrition in Nigeria

Non-profit food distribution: working with businesses to reduce undernutrition in Nigeria

In Nigeria, undernutrition is causing vast social and economic damage. To address this, poor people must have better access to a diet rich in essential nutrients. Markets are a key source of food for a growing proportion of poor people, but a number of constraints prevent businesses from providing nutrition-rich foods that reach the poorest communities. In the short term, supporting non-profit distribution systems is the most effective way to work with businesses to improve the diets of poor people. However, undernutrition is so widespread that non- profit distribution cannot reach all those affected. Policymakers and donors need to increase and sustain public funding for non-profit distribution while exploring other ways to bridge the gap.

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