UNICEF, WFP, and FOA predict that 12.1m Nigerians will go hungry in December

unicef, wfp, and foa predict that 12.1m nigerians will go hungry in december
unicef, wfp, and foa predict that 12.1m nigerians will go hungry in december

It has been estimated that 12.1 million Nigerians would be hungry through December 2021 as a consequence of insecurity and COVID-19, a joint assessment by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FOA), the World Food Program (WFP), and UNICEF has forecasted

Cameroon, Adamawa, and Yobe are home to 19 percent of those who would go hungry, according to a research called Cadre Harmonise.

People in 20 participating states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are now suffering from crisis and emergency food insecurity, according to the research.

Other states in Nigeria were also examined for hunger, including Abia; Bauchi; Benue; Borno; Cross River; Edo; Gombe; Kaduna; Kano; Katsina; Lagos and Niger.

Already, an estimated 228 707 individuals are at risk of acute malnutrition or excessive mortality due to serious food shortages, even with humanitarian relief, or severe losses of assets related to their livelihoods, resulting in short-term food shortages.”

There will be 3.5 million people living in the Emergency phase by the end of the lean season in 2022, when the population is expected to double to 459,847 individuals.

More than 13,000 people might face “catastrophic” circumstances in some of the most remote areas if life-saving and livelihood support initiatives aren’t stepped up, according to the report.

Peter Hawkins, UNICEF’s Nigerian Representative, said:

“Preventing malnutrition in a kid costs just 5,000 Naira, whereas treating it costs 50,000 Naira.

For this reason, we should focus on improving the diets of mothers and their babies as well as providing supplementation (particularly with Vitamin A and Iron Folic Acid), as well as extending nutrition counseling services for caregivers.

For the sake of children’s survival and well-being, we must revise the narrative of Cadre Harmonize’s analysis. However, in order to accomplish this, we must all work together, particularly in these difficult times.”

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