About 30% Nigerians experience severe food insecurity due to Covid-19 impact ~NBS
About 30 percent of Nigerians experienced severe food insecurity since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, according to the latest report of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released on Tuesday.
The data agency said, “the food security situation in Nigeria has substantially worsened since the start of the pandemic.”
NBS said, “about 30 percent of households interviewed in June experienced severe food insecurity due to lack of money or other resources.”
The incidence of severe food insecurity in June 2020, the statistics bureau said was nearly three times higher than in July/August 2018 and nearly six times higher than in January/February 2019.
The NBS said 77 percent of households interviewed in June reported moderate or severe food insecurity, noting that there has not been any significant improvement in safety nets or other sources of income assistance from institutions and/or remittances.
The report also claimed that 13 percent of households received food assistance in June while two percent of households reported having received a direct cash transfer.
“Informal mechanisms of support from friends and family seem to be affected with the share of households receiving remittances from within Nigeria decreasing from 22 percent in April/May to 18 percent in June.” the report stated.
The report also showed that between April/May and June, the share of respondents who were working increased in both
urban and rural areas, but the loss of work since the start of the outbreak continues to be larger for urban dwellers.
“While around 75 percent of rural respondents were working in June, 64 percent of urban respondents were working. Nevertheless, the recovery in the share of respondents who were working has been more pronounced in urban areas, although, in part, this is because the initial drop in the share of respondents who were working was larger for urban dwellers,” NBS said.