The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that climate change, food insecurity, and malnutrition are factors responsible for the high cost of food in the country.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Finance spokesperson, Olude Omolade, the Permanent Secretary, Budget and Planning, Nebolisa Anako, made this known at an ongoing workshop on the development of an implementation strategy for the Nigeria Food Systems Transformation Pathways held in Abuja.
Anako who was represented by the Director of National Monitoring and Evaluation, Zakari Lawani, described the ongoing programme as a call to action to achieve progress in dealing with issues of changing weather patterns, poverty, hunger, malnutrition, disease, unemployment, and conflict.
In his words, “It suffices to say that food insecurity and malnutrition as well as the influence of climate change have resulted in lower incomes and higher prices of foods.
“This has indeed put food out of the reach of many and undermined the right to food thereby stalling the efforts to meeting the Sustainable Development that emphasized ‘zero hunger.”
Story was adapted from Punch