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‘3.7 million Nigerians suffer food insecurity’

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The food and nutrition insecurity situation analysis report has indicated that over 3.7million people are currently food insecure in the country.The Cadre Harmonize Report for March 2018 conducted in 16 states of the federation by the World Food Program (WFP), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), United State Aid for international Development (USAID) among others projected that the figure might increase to 5.2million people during the lean period of June-August 2018.

The report presented yesterday in Abuja further revealed that a total of 3.5million people are currently in food crisis while 999,959 people are in emergency situation in need of urgent assistance.

It pointed out that Borno state has the largest number of people facing food crisis with over 1.2million people while 186,608 people are in urgent need of assistance. The report feared that if relevant authorities do not take urgent steps, the number of people facing food crisis might increase to 1.3million people while those in emergency situation would increase to 203,022 people.

The report conducted in 17 states of Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Plateau, Jigawa, Adamawa, Yobe, Kaduna, Kano, Taraba, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kebbi, Zamfara, Niger Gombe and the FCT indicated that it was unable to gather data in all the states due to lack of funds and the inability to reach some areas in the North east as a result of insecurity.

The FAO country representative, Sufyan Koroma stressed the need for the Federal and state governments to act fast as there are indications that international donors may withdraw financial support by 2019.


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