A report released by the United Nations has estimated that about 155 million people in 55 countries, including Nigeria, are facing acute food insecurity and require urgent lifesaving assistance.
The report noted the situation in northern Nigeria, just as it revealed that acute food insecurity has soared to a five-year high, with conflict, economic shocks due to COVID-19 and extreme weather as factors pushing people into acute food insecurity in 2021. The annual report was launched by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC), an international alliance of the UN, the EU, governmental and non-governmental agencies working together to tackle malnutrition and food crises.
Commenting on the report, a message from the UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated, “Conflict and hunger are mutually reinforcing. We need to tackle hunger and conflict together to solve either, as we must do everything we can to end this vicious cycle.”
He added: “Addressing hunger and malnutrition is a foundation for stability and peace.”
In a joint statement released with the report by the EU, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and USAID, they noted that if current trends are not reversed, food crises would increase in frequency and severity. This Day