A 2016 Global Hunger Index has identified Nigeria as one of the countries with serious hunger potential going by a study carried out on country’s seriousness in tackling food security. According to the survey conducted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), over 45 countries are on pace for “Moderate” to “Alarming” Hunger Levels by 2030 UN deadline. The study revealed that the global community was not on course to end hunger by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal deadline of 2030. It noted: “Central African Republic, Chad, and Zambia had the highest levels of hunger. Seven countries had “alarming” levels of hunger, while 43 countries – including high-population countries such as India, Nigeria, and Indonesia – had “serious” hunger levels.
“If hunger declines at the same rate as the report find it has since 1992, more than 45 countries – including India, Pakistan, Haiti, Yemen, and Afghanistan – will still have “moderate” to “alarming” hunger scores in the year 2030, far short of the goal to end hunger by that year.”
“Simply put, countries must accelerate the pace at which they are reducing hunger or we will fail to achieve the second Sustainable Development Goal,” said IFPRI Director General, Shenggen Fan. “Ending global hunger is certainly possible, but it’s up to all of us that we set the priorities right to ensure that governments, the private sector and civil society devote the time and resources necessary to meet this important goal. The report outlined some bright spots in the fight to end world hunger. The level of hunger in developing countries as measured by the Global Hunger Index has fallen by 29 per cent since 2000. Nigeria’s desire to ensure food security has been anchored on its diversification agenda, a development that has seen a number of the citizens participating in agriculture for self-sustenance. According to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, among Federal Government’s plans to increase food production is to install at least 10 earth dams in each state of the federation and dikes in the riverine areas. The idea is for fresh food to be available everywhere and every month of the year so we will no longer depend on the rainy season to feed ourselves. In addition, Nigeria has also aligned itself to the Adaptation of Agriculture in Africa – the AAA Initiative designed to tackle the impact of change in climate on food security in Africa.
“The right to food is the right of every human being. Even animals have the right to food. Our policies are designed to guarantee this right. As we encourage Nigerians especially the young people to go into agriculture, we have to ensure that those who want to go into agriculture have machinery.

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