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25 million Nigerians at risk of starvation

25 million Nigerians at risk of starvation
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Approximately 25m Nigerians are at risk of encountering starvation in 2023.

According to the October 2022 Cadre Harmonisé, a government-led and UN-supported food and nutrition study, approximately 25 million Nigerians are at risk of encountering starvation between June and August 2023 (lean season), provided swift action is not implemented. From the existing 17 million at risk of food insecurity, this represents a predicted rise. Violence in the north-east states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) and armed banditry and abduction in areas like Katsina, Sokoto, Kaduna, Benue, and Niger have all impacted food availability.

The primary causes of this troubling trend have been identified as constant violence, climate change, inflation, and increasing food costs. The National Emergency Management Agency reports that severe flooding during the 2022 rainy season damaged over 676,000 hectares of farmlands, reducing harvests and raising the danger of food poverty for communities throughout the nation. As a result of climate change and unpredictability, Nigeria sees an increase in flooding, and more severe weather patterns that threaten food security are expected in the future.

6 million of Nigeria’s 17 million food-insecure people are children.

Northeast BAY states are home to 3 million of the 17 million people who are now food insecure. In the absence of prompt action, this amount is anticipated to rise to 4.4 million during the dry seasons. 8.3 million people need aid due to a wide-ranging humanitarian catastrophe; this number includes displaced individuals and those who have returned home but are still struggling to make ends meet. Mr. Matthias Schmale, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria has spoken out about the issue, saying that the food security and nutrition situation in Nigeria is very concerning.

Schmale said that many children in nutrition stabilization centres are “barely keeping their heads above water” and that urgent efforts must be made to guarantee these children get the vital assistance they need. It has been shown that children are more susceptible to food insecurity. Approximately 6 million of Nigeria’s 17 million food-insecure people are children under the age of five, residing in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Sokoto, Katsina, and Zamfara states. Acute malnutrition poses a significant threat to children’s lives.

UNICEF, partners provided nutrition aid to over 650,000 children.

The number of children in the BAY states with acute malnutrition is expected to surge from the current 1.74 million in 2022 and 2023. However, UNICEF is working with the government to increase funding for preventive nutrition programs. They are doing so in tandem with the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA), a nonprofit that provides medical aid to people in need in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a global organization that provides aid to people in need throughout the world.

At the same time, efforts have been made to guarantee that children in need have access to nutritional programs that might save their lives. Meanwhile, in 2022, UNICEF and its partners provided essential nutrition aid to over 650,000 children in the aforementioned six states. In the northwest, particularly in the states of Katsina, Zamfara, and Sokoto, food poverty and malnutrition are on the rise. A staggering 2.9% of the world’s population is facing severe food insecurity (Cadre Harmonisé Phase 3 or worse). Without immediate intervention, this number is expected to rise to 4.3 million during the famine.

U.N. urged Nigerian government for effective measures against the situation.

Similarly, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been assisting the government in rebuilding livelihoods in the northeast and northwest areas in collaboration with partners. Agriculture, fisheries, value chain development, and homestead micro-gardening are part of this category. U.N. officials have also urged the government of Nigeria, the donor community, public and private partners to act quickly to save lives and avert a catastrophic food security and nutrition scenario. At this time, help of any kind is desperately needed by vulnerable families all around the nation.


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12 days ago

25 million Nigerians at risk of starvationApproximately 25m Nigerians are at risk of encountering starvation in 2023. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
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9 days ago

That is poverty in the land and some people don’t have good to eat. Thus, it has lead to starvation. People are starving to death. I hope we can be able to alleviate poverty.

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9 days ago

Imagine the millions of children starving What’s really wrong with us,in everything we seem not to get it right at all,if this percentage will suffer food starvation then government needs to have a back up.plan to avert such occurrence

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9 days ago

Food availability has been disrupted by the violence that has taken place in the north-eastern states, as well as by armed banditry and kidnapping in the surrounding territories.

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9 days ago

The National Emergency Management Agency states that significant floods that occurred during the rainy season of 2022 caused damage to a large number of farmlands.

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9 days ago

It has been determined that the key contributors to this alarming trend are the ongoing violence, the changing climate, inflation, and the rising expenses of food.

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9 days ago

Nigeria is experiencing an increase in flooding, and in the future, more severe weather patterns that pose a threat to the country’s food security are anticipated.

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9 days ago

In order to save lives and prevent a catastrophic food security and nutrition situation, U.N. officials have also asked the government of Nigeria, the donor community, public and private partners to act immediately.

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9 days ago

Many of the children who are being treated in nutrition stabilization centers are just about managing to keep their heads above water.

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9 days ago

If this proportion of the population is going to go hungry, the government absolutely needs to have a contingency plan in place. We just can’t seem to get anything right. design a strategy to prevent something like this from happening.

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9 days ago

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Last edited 9 days ago by Godsewill Ifeanyi
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9 days ago

The state of food security and nutrition in Nigeria is extremely worrying, and action is urgently required to address the problem.

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9 days ago

Some of the kids being helped by nutrition stabilization clinics are barely holding on.

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9 days ago

The key contributors to this report are inflation, the changing climate, poverty etc. If we get to manage and overcome all these. Starvation would be no where near the country.

Last edited 9 days ago by Iyanu12345ogg
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9 days ago

Constant violence, climate change, inflation, and rising food prices have been highlighted as the main contributors to this alarming trend. Nigeria is experiencing greater floods as a result of climate change and weather variability, and more extreme weather patterns that endanger food security are anticipated in the future.

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9 days ago

It’s hard to conceive of the millions of malnourished kids. What’s wrong with us, if this many people are going to go hungry because of government inaction, then the government needs a backup plan. create a strategy to prevent this from happening

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9 days ago

This frightening trend is attributed to constant violence, climate change, inflation, and rising food prices. Climate change is increasing floods in Nigeria, and more extreme weather patterns that threaten food security are expected.

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9 days ago

People are already staving we need to find solution to poverty the rate wey people dey stave is too much, flood also affect our production of food

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8 days ago

The possibility of having more than 25 million Nigerians starving is very high in 2023 judging by the present situation on ground. A lot of people are losing their jobs by the day coupled with the economic crunch.

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8 days ago

The violence that has occurred in the north-eastern states, as well as armed banditry and kidnapping in the surrounding areas, have impacted the provision of food.

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8 days ago

25 million Nigerians at risk of starvation. God have mercy on us. We will overcome by the grace of God. PDP and APC has really destroy this country. We need another party to lead

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8 days ago

The government must have a backup plan in place if this percentage of the people is going to go hungry. Nothing we do seems to come out right. Create a plan of action to stop this from happening.

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7 days ago

It is clearly without doubt that 25 million Nigerians at risk of starvation based on the recent happening in the country. If quick action are not taking by the government then we should be ready for more group like the militants, Boko Haram etc.

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