According to what was received by NIGERIA NEWS, Nigeria has been among the hungriest countries in the world in the year 2018 due to food insecurity. This report was published on 2nd April 2019 and was made by the United Nations, UN, and European Union, EU.
The report on food insecurity for the year 2019 showed that Nigeria still experiences severe cases of food crises and the larger percentage concentrated in the north with Nigeria having 113 million people facing severe hunger across the nation. Nigeria is one of the eight countries suffering from the food crisis with Nigeria carrying two-thirds of the population.
The following were the further report stating how severe is the food crisis:
“The worst food crises in 2018, in order of severity, were: Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Sudan, South Sudan and northern Nigeria.
“These eight countries accounted for two thirds of the total number of people facing acute food insecurity – amounting to nearly 72 million people,” the report read.
“Large segments of populations in most of these countries risk falling into Emergency (IPC/CH Phase 4) levels of acute food insecurity. At the peak of the lean season, three million were acutely food insecure in the three north-eastern states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency where protracted conflict and mass displacement disrupted agriculture, trade, markets, and livelihoods, and pushed up food prices,” the report added.
Food crises across the world in 2018 were primarily driven by persistent instability in conflict-ridden regions and adverse climate events, and it was further gathered that it affected 16 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 5.3 million people estimated to be “in crisis or worse”. Worst-hit were identified to be three million people resident in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, northeastern states that have bore the brunt of a 10-year insurgency by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.”