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25 Million Nigeria Risks Food Shortages in 2023 – FAO

By Toyin Ayinde

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, has said that more than 25 million Nigerians will likely face acute food insecurity this year, higher than the 19.5 million projected for last year.

The organization also said the impact will be most felt between June and August and will be caused by continuing conflict in northern regions of the country, last year’s floods, high food prices, and economic slowdown.

“Acute food insecurity is mostly driven by the deterioration of security conditions and conflicts in northern states, which as of March 2022 (latest data available) have led to the displacement of about 3.17 million people and are constraining farmers’ access to their lands,” the report said.

Nigeria suffered devastating floods last year, leading to the destruction of lives, homes and farmlands.

The disaster worsened economic conditions in the northeast and northwest where deadly gangs have terrorized residents for years, stopping them from going to their farms. Reduced food yield has forced prices up across the country.

Food inflation stood at 24.32% in January from 23.75% the previous month, the highest annual rate in four years, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

“Widespread flooding in 2022, affecting about 4.5 million people across the country has further compounded conditions, particularly in areas already facing high levels of insecurity,” FAO said in its latest quarterly report.

The report said this year’s food insecurity would be a “significant deterioration” over the forecast of 2022, with additional 5.85 million people brought into the net.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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