64.3 million Nigerians don’t have enough food – UN

Bisola David
Bisola David
64.3 million Nigerians don't have enough food - UN

The World Food Program, a division of the United Nations has said that 32% (64.3 million) of Nigerians do not have sufficient food available to eat.

According to The Punch, in 19 different countries, the organization estimates that 170 million people lack access to enough food to eat.

The countries with the highest prevalence of inadequate food consumption, according to a March 28 update of the “HungerMapLIVE: Western Africa insights and key trends,” are Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Chad, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Liberia, Central African Republic, Togo, Guinea Bissau, and Nigeria.

The World Bank said that over the past three months, food inadequacy in Nigeria increased from 29% to 32% in its most recent Food Security Update. The overall picture, it said that the overall food and nutrition situation in Nigeria and other West African countries is challenging for a large share of their populations.

The bank cited the WFP when it stated that the four nations with the highest frequency of inadequate food consumption were Niger (18.2 million people, or 81 percent of the population), Mali (13.9 million, or 73 percent), Burkina Faso (13 million, or 66 percent), and Guinea (7.7 million, 62 per cent)

Chad (9.2 million, 57 per cent), Sierra Leone (4.4 million, 53 per cent), Cameroon (10.2 million, 40 per cent), Liberia (1.7 million, 38 per cent), Central African Republic (1.6 million, 35 per cent), Togo (2.7 million, 34 per cent), Guinea-Bissau (0.6 million, 34 per cent), and Nigeria (64.7 million, 32 per cent).”

The World Bank defined insufficient food intake as poor or borderline food consumption as indicated by the Food Consumption Score. It was clarified that it wasn’t the same as food insecurity.

According to the Washington-based bank, the food security situation in West Africa is anticipated to worsen as the dry season develops in the months ahead. While domestic food price inflation is still substantial, it was highlighted that it is especially problematic in Africa, North America, Latin America, South Asia, Europe, and Central Asia.

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