UN predicts hunger will soon become Nigeria’s next pandemic after coronavirus

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Farming in Niger Delta

A report by the United Nations suggests that many Nigerians may face hunger this year.

According to the report, it has then become very necessary for the Federal Government to support all farmers in the country.

This was made known by Ms. Eve Sabbagh, Head, Public Information Unit, United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria.

In her submission, she said;

“It is extremely important to have funding in time to provide support to farmers during the planting season, as there is a risk to see more people facing hunger this year.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic reached Nigeria, humanitarian needs were already worsening and increased from 7.1 million people in need of urgent life-saving assistance in 2019 to 7.8 million people in 2020.

UN and NGOs as well as government institutions had planned to step up their assistance in 2020. UN and partner NGOs needed $834 million to provide urgent aid to 5.9 million people.

We are half-way through the year and so far only 15% of the funding has been received. Now with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the economy and livelihoods, many more people need urgent assistance.”