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25 million Nigerians at food insecurity risk

25 million Nigerians at food insecurity risk
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Impending food insecurity crisis to be the biggest Nigeria has ever experienced.

The recurrent crisis and inadequacy in the provision of agricultural infrastructures have led to a prevalence of acute food insecurity in Nigeria. With farmers incapable of going to their farms as a result of the extreme focused attacks and kidnappings that most farmers have suffered over the last year, as well as the recent flooding that submerged most farms months ago, the food insecurity situation has been exacerbated. Statistics indicate that the prevalence of food insecurity in Nigeria has grown on par with the rising population. From 2016 to 2021, obtained data shows that food insecurity rose consistently from 11 percent to 19.1 percent. The continued crisis and floods that have hit the country last year is a clear indicator of a further increase.

Presently, at least 25 million Nigerians are predicted to be at imminent risk of being affected by food insecurity and facing severe hunger between the months of June and August, 2023. According to the October 2022 Cadre Hermonisé, a Government led and United Nation’ supported food and nutrition analysis which is regularly carried out twice every year, this situation might potentially be the biggest food insecurity crisis the country has experienced, unless urgent measures are put in place to curb this epidemic.

Flooding in 2022 damaged over 676,000 hectares of farmlands.

This figure represents an increase from the estimated 17 million people who are presently at risk of food insecurity. Inflation, climate change, constant crisis and the ever rising food prices have played key roles in propagating this alarming situation. The persistent crisis in North-Eastern states like Borno, Adamawa and Yobe and banditry in states like Kano, Benue and Niger has immensely affected the food access in the country. The National Emergency Management Agency noted that the incessant flooding in 2022 was responsible for damaging over 676,000 hectares of farmlands, declining the harvest production and further increasing the food insecurity percentage in the country.

Despite the flooding situation, a key effect of the climate change largely affecting Nigeria’s agricultural production output, extreme weather conditions are to be expected. Statistics also suggest that 3 million of the 17 million Nigerians presently living with severe food insecurity live within the North-Eastern states (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States). The figure is expected to increase by 1.4 million in the lean season, if necessary measures are not implemented. This includes a displaced population and returnees presently struggling in crisis in which about 8.3 million people are in dire need of help.

Nutrition center filled with children fighting to stay alive.

Mr. Matthias Schmale, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria noted that the food and nutrition situation in the country was hugely alarming. On the severity of the situation, he further explained that he had visited nutrition stabilization centers which were now filled with children fighting to stay alive and urged that immense work must be put in place to turn the situation around and offer lifesaving supports to those that need it. With children being the most vulnerable to this food insecurity epidemic, there is a huge morbidity risk among malnourished children. In the North-Eastern states alone, children suffering from overt malnutrition is expected to increase from 1.74 million to 2 million in 2023.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, in collaboration with organizations like ALIMA and MSF are helping by investing in scaling up the preventive nutrition intervention, whilst also ensuring that lifesaving nutrition services are accessible to affected children. 650,000 children were able to access these live saving services in 2022. However, Northwestern regions like Kastina, Sokoto and Zamfara states have also been regarded as a good insecurity hub, with about 2.9 million people presently impacted. This number is expected to increase to 4.3 million, unless urgent actions are taken.

UN urged stakeholders to help curb impending food insecurity situation.

FAO, with necessary collaborations have also been of immense support to the government in the quest to restoring livelihood in the North-East and North-West regions. Important measures put in place include production of livestock, micro gardening, crop production and value chain development. The United Nation has however urged the government, public and private stakeholders and philanthropists to urgently help in the process of implementing mitigation strategies to help salvage the impending food insecurity situation and save lives.


Related Links

World Food Programme: Website        UNICEF:  Website

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13 days ago

25 million Nigerians at food insecurity riskImpending food insecurity crisis to be the biggest Nigeria has ever experienced. – Express your point of view.

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12 days ago

Statistically, the prevalence of food insecurity in Nigeria has grown on par with the rising population. With the collaboration of gov’t and stakeholders, it will give necessary support in the process of implementing mitigation strategies to help salvage the impending food insecurity situation and save lives.

Abusi
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12 days ago

We really need to secure our food. It is so important to do so. A lot of our food are opened to hazards and diseases, we really need to prevent all of this.

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12 days ago

25 million Nigerians at food insecurity risk. If you check this country Nigeria, you understand that we are really lacking behind in all sector. All we need is a good government to fix all the issues

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12 days ago

Lots of factors will cause food scarcity in Nigeria and one of it is improper planning from the government.In the developed countries when there is surplus of foods, government use to buy it from the farmer and store it for when food is scarce.
The issue of herdsmen is another one issue.

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12 days ago

No doubts, this impending food insecurity might be the biggest. There’s a number of factors handicapping the farmers. Killings, kidnapping, flood; something need to be done

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8
12 days ago

Acute food insecurity is rife in Nigeria as a result of the country’s persistent political instability and inadequate provision of agricultural infrastructure, both of which have contributed to the country’s current situation.

Member
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12 days ago

As a consequence of the extremely targeted assaults and kidnappings that the majority of farmers have been subjected to, most farmers are presently unable to return to their farms.

Member
8
12 days ago

It is crazy that according to the available statistics, the incidence of food insecurity in Nigeria has grown at the same rate as the country’s growing population.

Member
8
12 days ago

It is unfortunate that the Nigerian population is forecast to be at an imminent risk of being impacted by food insecurity and enduring acute hunger in the near future.

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12 days ago

There is a significant morbidity risk among malnourished children due to the fact that they are the most susceptible to this food crisis epidemic. However, in order to prevent the looming food insecurity situation and save lives, the government, public and private partners donation would go a long way.

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12 days ago

Unless immediate action is taken to halt the spread of this disease, the current predicament has the potential to be the most severe instance of food insecurity that the nation has ever faced.

Member
8
12 days ago

In spite of the flooding scenario, which is a fundamental result of climate change that is largely affecting Nigeria’s agricultural production output, it is reasonable to anticipate the occurrence of extreme weather conditions.

Member
8
12 days ago

Due to the fact that children are the most susceptible to the epidemic of food insecurity, there is a significant increased risk of morbidity among malnourished children.

Member
8
12 days ago

If urgent attention is not taken to mitigate against the rise in food insecurity cries in Nigeria we will begin to see an increase in crime rate, malnutrition every, an out break of epidemic etc.

Member
8
12 days ago

We need to make our food secure and safe necessary things to be done to safe impending insecurity of food in our country which is the biggest crisis we are experience. A way should be find to solve all this issue we are facing

Member
8
12 days ago

The federal government should take drastic measures to resolve the looming food insecurity rich that is fast approach which is already hasten by fuel scarcity. If keep action is not taken we might be in for more trouble.

Member
9
12 days ago

With the current issues with food this is the last thing that should happen again food insecurity then we have alot on our hands,the government needs to be proactive towards this.

Member
8
12 days ago

The current situation has the potential to be the worst case of food insecurity the country has ever experienced unless fast action is taken to stop the spread of this sickness.

Member
8
12 days ago

Malnourished children are the most vulnerable to this food crisis epidemic, hence they have a high morbidity risk. The government, public, and private partners’ donations could avoid food insecurity and save lives.

Member
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12 days ago

Poor government planning will contribute to Nigeria’s food shortage. When food is plentiful in wealthy countries, the government buys it from farmers and stores it.

Member
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12 days ago

The current issue has the potential to become the most serious incidence of food insecurity that the country has ever been confronted with if prompt action is not done to stop the spread of this sickness.

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