THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON FOOD SECURITY IN NIGERIA
The Corona Virus – covid 19 found it’s way into Africa and has since become a pandemic causing fear, panic, and a global concern (e.g fall in oil prices and movement restrictions).
Food Security has a major role in national development and economic sustainability.
The prolonged lock-down initiated by the Covid-19 pandemic will have a huge impact on Nigerian food security if not properly managed. The most reputable Islamic traditional ruler of Nigeria; ‘Sultan of Sokoko’, expressed his displeasure about the constant rise in food insecurity in the country recently, he stated that hunger has killed more Nigerians than the Corona virus has nationally.
As a country with a rapidly growing population, structured food policies need to be put in place to attain food sufficiency and increased food export.
The UN FAO in Nigeria released the presentation of the result of Cadre Harmonise analysis for March 2020 in Abuja; the result indicated that 4million people from 16 states will be food insecured between March – May 2020.
The Covid 19 has impacted the Nigerian economy as there have been series of down sizing, rise in foreign exchange, etc which are indications for more people to begin to explore opportunities in the agribusiness value chain.
African harvesters will hold the maiden edition of the Agriculture Value Chain Conference 2020 which is scheduled to hold on the 13th of May 2020.
The theme of the event is; ‘Exploring opportunities across the agribusiness value chain’.
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