Food insecurity in Nigeria is continuously being aggravated by various factors, including communal conflicts and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.
The presence of militant groups like Boko Haram, in addition to violent clashes between herders and farmers, has further compounded the problem.
The country’s food insecurity and resulting malnutrition can also be attributed to poor funding for sustainable policies, limited mechanized farming, poor rural development, and prohibitive practices that disenfranchise farmers. As a result, series of dialogue has been held to find lasting solutions to these problems.
Speaking at a consolidatory dialogue for the United Nations food Summit in Abuja, Nigeria’s Vice President Prof Yemi Osibanjo said a prolific and sustainable food system is critical to our nations human capital development.
Prof Osibanjo who is also the chairman of the National Council on Nutrition said the Federal government’s commitment of sustainable food system is one of the key strategy for eliminating poverty across Nigeria.
The Honourable Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed on her part said the dialogue was carried out to find lasting solution to lingering challenges of Nigeria’s food system which she says is an associated forms of malnutrition.
Access of self and healthy Nutrition is a global challenge according to Nassarawa State Governor Engr Abdullahi Sule. He said there is need for Nigeria to have a sustainable partnership if success must be achieved in food system transformation.
As the federal government continues to find lasting solution to the food system in Nigeria, it is expected that the current food system insecurity through the farmer herders crisis and others banditry activities be critically looked into for success to be achieved.