The 2021 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC 2021) has revealed that Nigeria is among the six countries in Africa with worse food crises.
The report also disclosed that about 13 million Nigerians risk falling into acute food insecurity in the coming days.
The GRFC is prepared by 16 leading global and regional organisations belonging to the Global Network Against Food Crises.
It is released annually by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN), led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) .
The other countries with worse food crises include Ethiopia, South Sudan, the Sudan, and Zimbabwe, Republic of the Congo.
Nigeria, the report noted , is expected to see a serious deterioration in food security ,while as many as 13 million people could fall into acute food insecurity during the lean season.
According to the report, the number of people around the world facing severe food insecurity skyrocketed by 20 million in 2020 and acute food insecurity now affects at least 155 million people across 55 countries and territories, with some regions facing famine-level hunger.
In West Africa and the Sahel, the report said market disruptions, rising food prices, and falling incomes stemming from COVID-19 containment measures also contributed to increasing hunger in the region, as did severe flooding in some areas.