Insecurity: World Bank Predicts Severe Food Crisis in 7 Northern Nigeria States

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The World Bank has predicted that Katsina and six other states in North-west and North-east regions of the country will suffer severe food crises due to high levels of insecurity and armed conflicts ravaging the regions.

The bank, in its latest Food Security report, highlighted Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe as the other six states that may battle the food crises because of insecurity that has reduced the standards of living in the regions.

This is coming amidst plans by the Katsina State Government to inaugurate a taskforce on food prices in order to curb food inflation, mass purchase and sales of the foodstuffs across the state.

The Work Bank report stated that: “It is projected that most areas in West and Central Africa will remain minimally food insecure until May 2024, with some being categorised as Stressed IPC 2.

“Nigeria (far north of Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara states) will be at crisis food security levels, mostly because of persistent insecurity and armed conflict and deteriorating livelihoods.”

The report further highlights the precarious situation many states in Nigeria find themselves in as food prices scale the roofs.

It also stated that most areas in West and Central Africa would remain minimally food insecure until May 2024.

Francis Sardauna in Katsina

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