NIGERIA. Abuja: Between May and August of this year, 19.4 million Nigerians and 416,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) endured food crises and extreme hunger. The crisis has already impacted 14.4 million Nigerians, including IDPs, throughout 21 states, including the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja (FCT).
Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross-River, Edo, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Lagos, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara states are among the 21 states to be affected, according to Cadre Harmonisé (CH) in its 2022 first-quarter report in Abuja.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Food Programme collaborated on the report (WFP).
During the presentation of the report, Fred Kafeero, a representative of FOA in Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), noted that the country’s food crises are attributed to ongoing insecurity in the northeast, inflation, continued increases in the price of food commodities, and the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kafeero went on to say that to find a long-term solution to the problem in the country, urgent action in Food Systems Transformation is required to meet the country’s 2030 goals.
Professor Salihu Mohammed, who represented Kafeero, stated that the Government at all levels must collaborate with CH in assessing and developing long-term solutions to the country’s ongoing food issues by planning, devising, and implementing the National Food System Transformation Plans.
Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, noted that analyzing food and nutrition in the country is critical to better understand the country’s difficulties, including insecurity and other causes.
The Cadre Harmonisé (CH) analysis is a standardized tool for assessing acute food and nutrition insecurity in 17 Sahel and West African countries, including Nigeria.
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