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FG attributes rising food prices to insecurity, climate change

FG attributes rising food prices to insecurity, climate change

The Federal Government has recognized climate change and food insecurity as the main causes of the nation’s growing food prices.

Nebolisa Anako, the permanent secretary of budget and planning, made this announcement at an Abuja workshop on the creation of an implementation strategy for the Nigeria Food Systems Transformation Pathways, according to a statement signed by the ministry’s spokeswoman, Olude Omolade.

Anako defined the ongoing programme as a call to action to achieve progress in dealing with issues of poverty, hunger, malnutrition, disease, unemployment, war, and changing weather patterns. Anako was represented by the Director of National Monitoring and Evaluation, Zakari Lawani.

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He said, “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 meet the Sustainable Development that emphasizes ‘zero hunger’.”

Anako added that the journey of food systems dialogues in Nigeria started in January 2021, as the country responded to the call by the Secretary General of the United Nations that countries should look inward and organize different levels of dialogue to identify issues and challenges around the food systems and come up with sustainable innovative strategies towards ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition in line with SDGs.

He called on all relevant stakeholders including government at all levels, and developmental organizations to support the implementation of all the priority actions with the 2022 call to action as well as mobilize more resources and monitor progress.

FG attributes rising food prices to insecurity, climate change

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