Nigeria was one of the nations that battled the most terrible food crisis in the world last year, a United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) report published yesterday.
According to the report, the number of individuals that cannot meet their daily food requirements keeps increasing yearly in the countries listed that included Nigeria.
The report read, “The worst food crises in 2018, in order of severity, were: Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Sudan, South Sudan and northern Nigeria.
“These eight countries accounted for two thirds of the total number of people facing acute food insecurity – amounting to nearly 72 million people,”
Large segments of populations in most of these countries risk falling into Emergency (IPC/CH Phase 4) levels of acute food insecurity,”
At the peak of the lean season, three million were acutely food insecure in the three north-eastern states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency where protracted conflict and mass displacement disrupted agriculture, trade, markets and livelihoods, and pushed up food prices,”
“While four households in five had access to farmland in Yobe and two in three in Adamawa, almost half of them were not able to cultivate. In Borno, two households in three had no access to farmland.
“In Adamawa, floods and conflicts between pastoralists and farmers also weakened household food security.”