Food insecurity in Nigeria and the need for effectual mitigating measures

Food insecurity in Nigeria and the need for effectual mitigating measures

Ajie E. N1.and Uche, Chima2

1. Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
2. University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

American Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences

The downward slide in Nigeria’s food production has gradually led the country into becoming a food-deficit, food importing Nation because of the discovery of petroleum. Nigeria has degenerated into a significant food importing nation because the government neglected the agricultural sector for petroleum which is seen as a much viable resource income. As a consequence, the country is plunged into food insecurity because of rising prices of imported foods. Presently, Nigeria faces food shortage challenges and hunger. Before we can adequately address the underlying problems plaguing the food security system, we need to address the factors influencing agricultural development and sustainability in the economy with a view to improving on food security. Any policy design to tackle this should include inputs supply channels, technology improvement avenues and, credits and subsidies that are not cumbersome and needed. Until we see food insecurity as a gross abuse of human right, the paradigm shift advocated may never be attained.

Keywords:  Food insecurity, Nigeria, effectual mitigating measures

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 Ajie E. N.and Uche, Chima. Food insecurity in Nigeria and the need for effectual mitigating measures.American Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 2019, 2:9


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