The Nigerian General Household Survey (GHS) report has revealed over 40 percent of household in Nigeria cannot feed on healthy diet, due to poverty. The GHS report, which was released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), shows that 31.6 percent of households experienced food shortage in the past 12 months, with July and August being the peak months for most households.
According to the report: “Increase in the price of food items, increase in price of inputs, theft of crop, cash, livestock and flooding that caused harvest losses, were the most common shocks reported.”
The Nigerian General Household Survey (GHS) is implemented in collaboration with the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team as part of the Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (ISA) program. Also in the report, southern zones and urban areas show greater vulnerability to food insecurity and shortages than the northern zones and rural areas. The South-East recorded the highest percentage of households unable to eat healthy and nutritious foods, followed by South-South, while the north-central had the least percentage of the households that went without eating. A further breakdown of the report shows that 44.6 percent do not have access to electricity, 26.3 percent do not have access to toilet facility while 59.3 percent also lack access to a formal system of refuse disposal. Business Day