Critical Food Insecurity Threats Nigeria as Farmers Afraid of Farming

The long-running conflict has caused fears of farming among farmers and put the region on the brink of critical food shortages. Food insecurity cannot be avoided. Millions of people are in critical food insecurity which 2.3 million of them are children and teenagers.

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Illustration. Nigeria faces the worst food insecurity in the past five years. (Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye)

ACTNews, NIGERIA – The long-running conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians including farmers. Farmers who survived choose not to farm their land for fear of being attacked by armed groups. This situation has declined food production from the agricultural sector.

Critical food shortages cannot be avoided. Millions of Nigerian people are in acute food insecurity. Save the Children, an international humanitarian group estimated that 700,000 children under five are among the 2.3 million children affected by the food shortages.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that this food insecurity is the worst in five years, worrying that this will lead to “catastrophic” food insecurity. It is estimated that without any concrete solution, this situation will even worsen in the following year.

“Parents are taking their children out of school to beg in order to survive,” said Edward Kallon, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria. It is also said that some 10.5 million children are out of school in Nigeria.

Kallon said that without humanitarian assistance in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states, millions would struggle to feed themselves.

Andi Noor Faradiba from ACT’s Global Humanity Responsesays that almost 50 percent of the Nigerian population are Muslims. Therefore, she encourages Generous Benefactors to assist our brothers and sisters in Nigeria through food aid.

"Food insecurity is one of the main problems for countries in the Black continent. Nigeria is one of them. ACT is trying to reduce their hunger by providing food package assistance. In recent years, thousands of citizens and internally displaced people in Nigeria have felt this assistance," explained Faradiba, Wednesday (8/11/2021).[]