Nairobi, 9th December 2023
Nairobi City County Public Communications Staff yesterday participated in CASCADE (Catalyzing Strengthened policy action for healthy diets and resilience) project media workshop held at a Nairobi hotel.
The meeting gathered together Nairobi-based journalists drawn from different media houses and County Communications team to train them on nutrition reporting to strengthen their capacities to report on nutrition-related issues.
Nairobi County Director for Public Communications Ms. Beryl Okundi urged the media fraternity to work closely with the County and CASCADE in raising awareness on matters food safety and food nutrition in the Capital City. She also assured the media of County Government’s support.
CASCADE is a project being implemented in Nairobi, Nakuru and Nyandarua Counties by CARE in partnership with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).
According to Mr. Charles Opiyo, Head of Policy and Advocacy at GAIN, the project’s goal is to improve food security and contribute to the reduction of malnutrition of at least five million women of reproductive age and children under five years.
Mr. Opiyo lauded Nairobi County Government for the milestones achieved towards ensuring food safety and access to nutritious food.
“The current Nairobi County leadership has already started conversation on food safety issues by re-introducing the Food Safety Bill that has so far gone through several stages and we are ready to support some of the initiatives,” said Mr. Opiyo.
Mr. Opiyo mentioned that the country is currently grappling with three critical forms of malnutrition; including undernutrition (stunting, wasting & underweight), micronutrient deficiencies and over-nutrition (overweight & obesity), and associated diet-related non-communicable diseases.
He added that childhood malnutrition results in reduced productivity, high costs of health-related treatment of malnutrition, and high education costs due to class repetition and absenteeism.
Mr. Opiyo highlighted that the issue of food systems transformation and food fortification calls for concerted efforts of different players and should not be left only to the National and County Governments to tackle it alone. He urged all stakeholders in the food and nutrition sector to work together for improved nutrition of all Kenyans.