Food Security: 75% Nigerians critically hungry –Ayoola

President of Farm and Infrastructure Foundation (FIF), Prof. Gbolagade Ayoola, has urged Nigerian government to guarantee food security for the nation’s citizens.

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Speaking at a Public dialogue on “Food security and Right to
Food in Nigeria” which held in Abuja on Monday, prof. Ayoola noted that the latest World Hunger Index published by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) indicated that in 2017, with an index value of 25.5, Nigeria ranked 84th among 119 countries in the category of “Serious Hunger Prevalence”.
“This implies that about three-quarter of its population
(about 150 million people) presently suffer from adult malnutrition, child stunting, child wasting and child mortality, all linked to food insecurity of the country.”
Prof. Ayoola, who is also the chairman, Voices for Food
Security (VFS), emphasized that “the concept of food should be seen as a fundamental human right and not just a mere need.”
He said it was as a result of the need for a suitable legal environment for the right to food to take a firm root in Nigeria that the Right to Food Bill was introduced at the National Assembly as far back as 2008 during the Sixth Assembly.

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