Six million Nigerians to face food crisis in 2020 – FAO

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The Country Director of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) , Suffyan Koroma, has warned that about six million Nigerians may face acute food insecurity in 2020 if nothing is done about the current rising population of Nigerians facing food insecurity.

Koroma says Nigeria currently harbours about 4.02 million people confronted with acute food security – a figure he said was the result of the analysis of food insecurity in 17 northern states.

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Speaking during the presentation of October 2019 CH Analysis’ outcome for 16 states and the FCT, on Tuesday in Abuja listed the 17 states to include Jigawa, Kano, Kastina, Kaduna, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Niger, Kebbi, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara, Adamawa, Plateau and Sokoto as well as the FCT.

Six million Nigerians to face food crisis in 2020 - FAO
Six million Nigerians to face food crisis in 2020 – FAO

The FAO country director listed the 17 states to include Jigawa, Kano, Kastina, Kaduna, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Niger, Kebbi, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara, Adamawa, Plateau and Sokoto as well as the FCT.

The FAO Country Director opined that Korom that food insecurity in the Boko Haram-ravaged Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states had significantly reduced from 5.2 million between June and August 2017 to 2.9 million between June and August 2019,tracing it to the efforts of government and massive intervention of the humanitarian communities.

In his remarks,Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr.
Mohammed Umar expressed the commitment of the present administration to attaining food and nutrition security.


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