The United Nations warned that 25 million Nigerians are at risk of starvation between June and August this year, and called for urgent measures to reverse it.

This was revealed by the UN Associate Spokesperson, Ms. Stephanie Tremblay, at a press conference in New York, on Monday, NAN reported.

The UN urged public and private stakeholders to commit resources to address food insecurity in the country.

Hunger: According to NAN, Ms. Stephanie Tremblay warned that urgent action must be taken this year to prevent 25 million Nigerians from going hungry. tremblay said:

  • “About 25 million Nigerians are at risk of starvation between June and August this year if urgent action is not taken.
  • “This is according to the October 2022 Cadre Harmonisé, a food and nutrition analysis led by the Nigerian government, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization, UNICEF and the World Food Programme.”

Conflict, inflation and climate: Tremblay also pointed to inflation, conflict and rising food prices as key drivers of hunger risk. The report said:

  • “Ongoing conflict, climate change, inflation and rising food prices were the main drivers of this alarming trend, pointing to children being the most vulnerable to food insecurity.

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Nigeria faced nationwide floods that devastated more than 400,000 hectares of farmland last year, contributing to an increase in Nigerian Food Inflation rate that amounted to 23.72% year-on-year, in October 2022.

Nairametrics also reported last year that Peter Obi, the Labor Party’s presidential candidate, said that: “While insecurity has kept farmers off their farmland, a lack of investment in agriculture has caused the sector to continue to underperform.

“Fulfilling our vision of moving the country from consumption to production, I will address insecurity as my priority in government, while also making sure that the vast lands scattered throughout the country, especially in the north, are well invested for the mass production of food.added.