As a result of insecurity and COVID-19, according to a joint report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the United Nations Children and Education Funds (UNICEF), 12.1 million Nigerians will go hungry until December 2021.
According to the Cadre Harmonise research, around 19% of the households who would be affected by hunger will be from Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe States.
According to the report, the analysis encompassed 154,008,198 people, with 12,135,318 persons in the participating 20 states plus the FCT now suffering from malnutrition.
Hunger conditions in Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Edo, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Lagos, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were also investigated.
“Already, an estimated 228 707 people in the emergence phase wherein, even with humanitarian aid, at least one out of five households is either facing extreme food deficits, resulting in a very high acute malnutrition or excessive mortality, or an extreme loss of assets relating to livelihoods, causing deficits in food consumption in the short term.
“This number is projected to increase to 3.5 million at the peak of the 2022 lean season between June and August,with the number of people anticipated to be in the Emergency phase’ doubling to 459,847.
“In addition, 13 551 people are anticipated to experience catastrophe-like conditions in some of the most inaccessible localities, if access to life-saving and livelihood support interventions are not sufficiently scaled up,” it read.
UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins said;
“it costs only 5,000 Naira to prevent a child from becoming malnourished, while it costs 50,000 Naira to treat a malnourished child.
“We need to invest in preventing malnutrition in children by improving the diets of women and young children, ensuring supplementation – including with Vitamin A and Iron Folic Acid – and expanding nutrition counselling services to caregivers.
“By doing so, we can change the narrative of the Cadre Harmonize analysis and ensure that children survive and thrive. But we must all work together to achieve this, especially during the challenging times we are now facing.”