Prof Kola Anigo, the National Coordinator of the Academic and Research Network for Scaling up Nutrition in Nigeria, has revealed that 25 million Nigerians are hungry.
Mathew bemoaned the fact that Nigeria is ranked first in Africa and second in the world in terms of malnourished children.
He said this in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital, during his keynote address at the Nutrition Society of Nigeria’s 52nd annual general meeting and scientific conference.
Anigo lamented the prevalence of malnutrition in Nigeria while speaking on the conference’s theme, “Bridging the Malnutrition Gap: Nutrition Multi-sectoral Commitments for Sustainable Nutrition in Nigeria.”
According to Anigo, the country’s insecurity is a major threat to Nigeria’s achievement of the global nutrition target by 2025.
According to the expert, banditry, terrorism, and kidnapping have all contributed to food insecurity, and Nigeria may not achieve self-sufficiency in food production if insecurity is not addressed.
“Nigeria ranked first in Africa and second in the world in terms of the number of malnourished children,” he said.
“25 million people are hungry, and 9.3 million people are food insecure.”
“There is a need to transform agricultural production and food systems as key drivers of economic growth; we need the right system, environment, and information in proportion to the magnitude of nutrition problems at both the national and sub-national levels.”
In his opening remarks, Prof. Wasiu Afolabi, National President of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, urged the Federal Government to step up efforts to increase food production.