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Experts Advocate Strategic Efforts to Ensure Food Security, End Hunger in Nigeria

Experts Advocate Strategic Efforts to Ensure Food Security, End Hunger in Nigeria

Reactions have continued to trail the recent report that Nigeria is now one of the eight countries where its citizens suffer acute hunger. While many say it is a slap on the image of Nigeria, others are of the notion that the development is a call to action by authorities concerned.

In this report, IATV’s Abisola Tiamiyu takes a look at the development and the possible way out.

Fresh facts have shown that Nigeria is now one of the eight countries where its citizens suffer acute hunger.

According to the United Nations’ Global Report on Food Crisis 2019, no fewer than 113 million people experienced high levels of food insecurity in the world’s most severe food crises in 2018.

The development, many say is a result of the high level of poverty in the country which makes it difficult for families to feed themselves well.

Little wonder, British Prime Minister, Theresa May once said Nigeria is now home to the poorest on the African continent.

Reacting to the disturbing report, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development at University of Ibadan, Dr Taofeek Yekini agreed with the assertion that many Nigerians suffer acute hunger, blaming this on food insecurity in some states.

He maintained that Nigeria has always been labelled with bad news and as such advised the government not to only look into the food production but other sectors which are also affected.

In the same vein, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development at University of Ibadan Dr. Sarafat Tijani expressed disbelief over the report that Nigeria is amongst the countries whose people suffer acute hunger in spite of its abundant agricultural and human resources.

Sarafat therefore said the government needs to invest more in the Agricultural sector and create more job opportunities to empower the people towards changing the narrative for the better.

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