The Nutritious Food Fair is a commercial platform for promoting the breeding, production, marketing and consumption of nutritious foods in Nigeria. The 3-day annual event gathers stakeholders in the nutritious food sector including policy makers, researchers, farmers, food processors among others to showcase and market innovations, share updates and discuss topical issues emerging in the nutritious food sector.
Today’s food is highly essential for tomorrow’s growth and we must begin to connect the dots between food, health and GDP growth for Nigeria, said Paul Ilona, the Country Manager for HarvestPlus.
The World Bank estimates that Nigeria loses about 450 billion naira in GDP annually due mostly to micronutrient deficiencies. Nutritious Food Fair is an avenue to promote nutrient rich staple crops and foods as a complementary strategy to reduce micronutrient malnutrition.
In addition to showcasing the opportunities for engaging small, medium and large-scale investors in the country, the Fair will engage Master Trainers to mentor participants and provide post-training technical support.
Participants will acquire new knowledge and business guides on best farming practices by commercial farmers, best processing practices by medium and large scale processors, access to micro-credit by banks, access and use of inputs by agri-input dealers, product distribution by food industries and equipment use/maintenance by fabricators.
Knowledge and business guides for sustainable and profitable investments will be articulated in specialized seminars for business enthusiasts.
The most attractive segment of the Food Fair is the fun to catch. Consumers will find a world of nutritious food and drink options, traditional dances, including special events such as the grande-finale of NutriQuiz competition for secondary schools, NutriYield competition for farmers and NutriKitchen competition for caterers.
The Nutritious Food Fair, which is gradually becoming the signature event in the food industry, has recorded a year-on-year 25% growth in the number of exhibitors, and some 50% growth in the number of participants during the past six years.
The event has become an annual flagship event promoted by HarvestPlus and one that many people nationwide look forward to. In due course, the annual food fair can be expected to enhance the Nation’s tourism product and strengthen its culinary and hospitality sector.
The first Nutritious Food Fair with the theme ‘Closing the Nutrition Gap – prospects for Biofortified Foods’ took place at IITA Station, Abuja in 2015
The second Nutritious Food Fair with the theme ‘Multisectoral Partnerships to Promote More Nutritious Crops and Foods’ took place at Tinapa, Calabar in 2016
The third Nutritious Food Fair with the theme ‘Scaling-up Nutritious Food Choices: engaging everyone, everywhere’ took place at Micheal Okpara Square, Enugu in 2017
The fourth Nutritious Food Fair with the theme ‘Reaching Millions with Nutritious Foods’ took place at Landmark Center, Lagos in 2018
The fifth Nutritious Food Fair with the theme ‘Nutrition is Everyone’s Business’ took place at IITA Station, Ibadan in 2019 with over 10,000 participants.
The sixth Nutritious Food Fair with the theme ‘Nutrition cannot be locked down’ took place at Ibom Hall, Akwa Ibom in 2020
The Nutritious Food Fair with the theme ‘Reaching Millions through Commercial Nutritious Food Systems’ in its seventh edition anticipates over 150 commercial exhibitors, government officials, key private sector players and >5,000 participants, during the three-day event.