Farmers warn persistent insecurity will lead to food shortages in Nigeria

*The All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria expresses worries that farmers cannot readily access their farms in the North-East, North-West and a good part of the North-Central, constituting the food basket of the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As virtually every part of the country is currently grappling one security challenge or another, the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has warned that the current high level of insecurity plaguing the country will lead to food shortage in 2021.

Arc. Kabir Ibrahim, National President of AFAN in a statement titled, “The Nexus between Insecurity and Food Security: AFAN Experience,” lamented that every part of the country is currently grappling with its own form of insecurity.

 

Ibrahim said the most vulnerable segment of the society bearing the brunt of the insecurity is the small holder farmers (SHFs), who are the engine room of food production in Nigeria.

Ibrahim stated: “The aggregate food production by the SHFs is the bedrock on which the food system rests in Nigeria.

“Therefore, extreme care should be taken to offer them the necessary protection to continue the assiduous work to feed the nearly 200 million mouths in Nigeria today.

“The farmers cannot readily access their farms in the North East, North West and a good part of the North Central which constitute the food basket of the country.”

He further said: “So, it is absolutely necessary to secure the farmlands and the farmers who work on the land.

“The incidents of burning of police stations in the South-East, the farmer/herder conflicts in the South-West and the kidnappings and general insecurity in the South South portend food shortage in the whole nation in 2021 and this therefore calls for concerted effort from all and sundry, government most of all.”

On the solution out of the current spate of insecurity in the country, Ibrahim noted “for Nigeria to avoid the ‘impending fragility and national catastrophe’, the insecurity situation occasioned by Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping and the IPOB menace has to be tackled decisively.

“The Armed forces are clearly overstretched in this fight going by the spread of the insecurity all over the country.

“It is now everybody’s responsibility to make the country livable by securing the nooks and crannies of the nation through improvisations and even disruptive innovation where needed!”

On the recent release of Annual Flood Outlook by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), the Association advised that farmers should be educated on the best methods to adopt to mitigate the effect of flooding in the food system in the country.

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