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Insecurity, COVID-19 has forced 12 million Nigerians into hunger – UN

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations says over 12 million Nigerians have been forced into hunger due to insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to FAO communication officer, David Tsokar, this figure follows a United Nations food security and nutrition analysis conducted in 20 states in October.

In a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, Mr Tsokar said about 19 per cent of affected households are in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States because of the ongoing insecurity in the North-East and the lingering economic impact of COVID-19.

“The analysis, known as the Cadre Harmonise conducted in 20 states and the FCT revealed that approximately 12.1 million people are expected to face food scarcity through December,” the spokesperson said.

He said that the provisional result of the report showed that the number of people in critical or worse phases of food insecurity might increase to about 16.9 million, adding that this would be the case unless humanitarian aids were scaled up and sustained. Continue Reading

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