WFP Programme in North-East Nigeria Photo: UN.Org

Food Security: 500,000 Nigerians could go hungry for ‘lack of funding’ ─UN

*The United Nations World Food Programme notes the impact of COVID-19, increasing food prices and declining nutrition supplies have compounded the crisis, and $55million is need in ‘weeks’ to sustain food supplies to about two million displaced people in the North-East region of the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) has warned authorities that it is on the verge of reducing food rations to half a million people in Nigeria’s North-East due to lack of funding.

The WFP stated in an e-mailed statement Friday, October 15, 2021, that “the cuts would come just as severe hunger reaches a five-year high in the country in the wake of years of conflict and insecurity,” Bloomberg report said.

At least $55 million is need “within weeks” for food supplies to be sustained.

“This is as the number of displaced people in the region reached an all-time high of two million in September” this year.

The impact of the COVID-19, rising food prices and declining food supplies have compounded the crisis.

The UN food body stated: “Current food security analysis show that 4.4 million people in northeast Nigeria do not know where their next meal is coming from while over 1 million children are malnourished.”

ConsumerConnect had reported the North-East region of the country has been plagued by a decade-long Islamic insurgency, which apparently, has stretched the country’s resources and military in recent years.

Besides, insecurity in the several areas of Nigeria has been compounded by bandit attacks, hooliganism and kidnappings, especially in the North-West, disrupting farming and livelihoods, according to report.

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