Johannesburg, Feb 8, 2017: According to Food and Agriculture organisation report, Africa’s biggest humanitarian crisis will likely to retrograde during ‘lean’ season between season between June and August in northeast Nigeria.
According to PTI, It is estimated that more than 120,000 Nigerians will suffer to the detrimental famine like conditions caused by Boko Haram Islamic uprising. Among 11 million are bearing severe food shortages this year in accordance to a new UN report.
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The worst affected zone is Borno State, which accounts 65 per cent of the “expected famine zone”. It is coincidently the place of origin of Boko Haram.
UN agencies have reported that children are perishing in this region already and if any help is not given, half a million will die.
Rampant Corruption and conflict between the government and aid agencies are exacerbating the crisis. Investigation officials report that local government agencies embezzled with the food aid.
The report stated that even though the Boko Haram uprising has evacuated hundreds and thousands of farmers off their land. Despite that, Nigeria’s cereal production went up by about 5 per cent in 2016, said PTI
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Increased government support for agriculture, above-average rainfall and increased commodity prices are said the factors for increased cereal production stated in the report.
The report also stated that Nigeria remains a “food-deficit country” with cereal imports, mainly rice and wheat, predicted to exceed 7 million tons this year.
Nigeria remains the world’s biggest importer of rice, indicating a failure of government efforts to reduce dependence on food imports. This is amid a gross shortage of foreign currency caused by low global prices for oil.
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Thousands of Nigerians marched and protested this week for growing hardship through high food prices, poverty, corruption and unemployment.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo assured them that he feels their pain but life will get better. “With complete focus on improving the economy every day, the recession will soon be history,” he said in a statement Tuesday, without elaborating.
– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar of NewsGram. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse