’13 Million Nigerians Risk Acute Food Insecurity’

 ’13 Million Nigerians Risk Acute Food Insecurity’

The 2021 Global Report on Food Crises has stated that Nigeria is among six countries in Africa with the worst food crises and some 13 million Nigerians risk falling into acute food insecurity.

The GRFC is prepared by 16 leading global and regional organisations belonging to the Global Network Against Food Crises.

It is released annually by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN), led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) .

The other countries with worse food crises were Ethiopia, South Sudan, the Sudan, and Zimbabwe, Republic of the Congo.

The  report noted that Nigeria is  expected to see a serious deterioration in food security ,while as many as 13 million people could fall into acute food insecurity during the lean season.

According to the report, the number of people around the world facing severe food insecurity skyrocketed by 20 million in 2020.

Similarly, acute food insecurity now affects at least 155 million people across 55 countries and territories, with some regions facing famine-level hunger.

In West Africa and the Sahel, the report said market disruptions, rising food prices, and falling incomes stemming from COVID-19 containment measures also contributed to increasing hunger in the region, as did severe flooding in some areas.

The GRFC 2021  highlighted  the remarkably high severity and numbers of people in crisis or worse or equivalent in 55 countries and territories, driven by persistent conflict, pre-existing and COVID-19-related economic shocks, and weather extremes. The number identified in the 2021 edition is the highest in the report’s five-year existence.

Kehinde Ogunyale

Freelance Investigative and Data Journalist

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