Nigeria is currently facing a devastating food security crisis. An estimated 17 million people faced food insecurity in 2022 and 25 million were likely to experience this dire situation in mid-2023.
Intertwining factors are responsible for this crisis, including violent conflicts, rising inflation, escalating poverty, and mounting unemployment rates. These challenges have been exacerbated by rising floods, worsened by climate change-related impacts.
Interconnected causes necessarily require intertwined solutions. To guarantee all Nigerians have access to healthy diets, holistic urgent changes in national policies must be made addressing simultaneously unemployment, poverty, food security, and climate change.
This policy brief delves deep into the context that led to the food security crisis in Nigeria and suggests pathways to revert this devastating scenario, saving millions of lives.