The problems of hunger and malnutrition in Nigeria are more widespread and severe now than ever before. It has been estimated that the percentage of Nigerian households that are food insecure has risen from 18% in 1968, to over 40% in 1998 and over 70% in 2003. The statics currently shows increase to over 80% in 2016 and 2018. Poverty, inadequate investment in the social sector, inadequate dietary intake, and disease have been identified as the major causes of malnutrition in the country. In the recent past, the extent of malnutrition has increased as a result of economic hardships faced in the country, making it one of the important barriers to development. It is not only the result of insufficient intake or inappropriate feeding practices but also a consequence of other conditions such as health and care. Malnutrition is manifested mainly as undernutrition of macro- and micronutrients, specific dietary deficiency diseases, and diet-related non-communicable disease.
United Calabass Initiative is a non-profit, private-driven initiative committed to fighting malnutrition and hunger, through targeted programs that seeks to improve the nutrition/food intake of pregnant women and their infants; students in public primary and secondary schools and the youths in the underserved communities. Our work also focus on reducing food waste and organizing entrepreneurship training and job placement programs that help our beneficiaries become more self-reliant. Our food banking network across Lagos State.
Since 2015 we have served up to 86 rural and under-served communities in Lagos State and over 500,000 beneficiaries, especially, children between the ages of 0-16 years, the youths and vulnerable women in the rural communities. We currently, have over 7000 registered volunteers on our database helping us with our works across Lagos and its environs.
- To address the problem of Malnutrition in children under the age of 5 years, improve the nutrition intake of pregnant women and lactating mothers.
- To improve food security at the household and aggregate levels to guarantee that families have access to safe food that is adequate (both in quantity and quality) to meet the nutritional requirements for a healthy and active life.
- Promoting habits and activities that will reduce the level of malnutrition and improve the nutritional status of our beneficiaries.
- Promoting good, indigenous food cultures and dietary habits among women and children in the rural communities for healthy living and development.
- To enhance care-giving capacity within households with respect to child feeding and child care practices, as well as addressing the care and well-being of mothers
- To improve the capacity of Primary Healthcare Centers within Lagos to address food and nutrition problems and to raise understanding of the problems of malnutrition in the underserved communities at all levels of society, especially with respect to its causes and possible solutions.
- To reduce the amount of food waste by promoting sustainable conservation and redistribution of excess food to the most vulnerable in the society.
- To end poverty and malnutrition; enable sustainable development in agriculture through family farming, combat and adapt to climate change.
- To empower vulnerable communities with skilled jobs to put food on their tables.
- To be the first port of call for welfare and emergency relief for disaster victims by providing co-ordination and support in the distribution of foodstuff and relief items.
- To ensure that support and information are consistently available to help guaranty the appropriateness of emergency programs.
- To enlighten the public on the importance of good nutrition and healthy living. To accept donations of food, food-related product, money and other properties.
- To co-operate with other NGOs with similar objectives and to work with other groups towards a solution to the problem of poverty and chronic hunger in Lagos, Nigeria.
Business Continuity Policy:
As a forward-looking organization, United Calabass (LFBI) recognises at senior levels the need to ensure that its business operates smoothly and without interruption for the benefit of its beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders.
To provide such a level of continuous operation, United Calabass (LFBI) has implemented a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) in line with the International Standard for Business Continuity Management, ISO22301.