The World Bank has issued a warning regarding the potential risk of food insecurity in seven northern states of Nigeria. According to the bank’s latest food security report, ongoing insecurity and armed conflicts could lead to a severe food crisis in three northeastern states (Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe) and four northwestern states (Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara).
The report highlights that these states are projected to face significant challenges in terms of food security, primarily due to persistent insecurity, armed conflict, and deteriorating livelihoods. In particular, areas such as Abadam, Bama, Guzamala, Marte, and others in the northeastern states are expected to experience emergency food security levels due to limited household food stocks, restricted access to markets, and reduced humanitarian aid.
The World Bank’s report also indicates that a considerable number of low-income countries, including Nigeria, have witnessed inflation levels surpassing 5%. This inflationary pressure has contributed to the high cost of food items in the market, exacerbating the food crisis situation.
The implications of these findings underscore the urgent need for targeted interventions and support in the affected northern states to mitigate the risk of food insecurity and ensure the well-being of the population. The World Bank’s alert serves as a call to action for stakeholders to address the underlying causes of the crisis and work towards sustainable solutions.