Food and Agriculture Organisation says 19.4 million Nigerians may face acute food, nutrition insecurity between June, August.

Written by on March 12, 2022

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says no fewer than 19.4 million Nigerians may face acute food and nutrition insecurity between June and August.

Food Security Analyst, FAO, Mr Jasper Mwesigwa, made this known on Friday in Abuja at the Nigeria Cadre Harmonise-Acute Food and Nutrition Insecurity Analysis programme.

Mwesigwa said that currently about 14.4 million Nigerians, including 385,000 IDPs in 21 states and the FCT were facing food crisis presently.

He listed the states as Yobe, Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kano, Bauchi, Enugu, Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara, Jigawa, Gombe, Benue, Abia, Cross River, Edo, Lagos, Plateau and Taraba.

The FAO Country Representative in Nigeria, Mr Fred Kafeero said there was need for a holistic approach towards national food systems transformation to achieve the 2030 agenda.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Ernest Umakhihe, represented by the Director, Project Coordinating Unit, Mr Ubadoma Ularamu said the March, 2022 Cadre Harmonise Analysis result was apt as it came at a time of economic hardship andgave assurance of government’s commitment to upholding the outcome and recommendations arising from the analysis.

Seun Fakorede

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