COVID-19 outbreak threatens food security in parts of Nigeria

LAGOS (XINHUA) – The outbreak of COVID-19 has increased food insecurity in four major states of Nigeria, a report has shown.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its latest report on the impact of COVID-19 said food insecurity appears to be prevalent across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the states of Kano, Lagos and Rivers. In Rivers and the FCT, in particular, 79 per cent and 72 per cent of households reported having to skip meals since the start of the pandemic.

“Households in all four states are drawing down their savings and borrowing money to cover their living expenses, which may leave them more economically vulnerable and reduce their investments in human capital in the future,” the NBS report said.