Business EU Says Nigeria Heading Towards Food Insecurity, Off Course to Meet MDGs



The European Union (EU) has warned Nigeria over ‎a possible future food insecurity challenge and insurgency due to the high demographic growth rate in the Northern part of the country, THISDAY reports.

Head of Operations, EU Delegation to Nigeria, Mr. Brian O' Neil at a business forum in Lagos explained that the demographic growth in the Northern part of Nigeria has a growth rate of 3 per cent which doubles every 20 years, maintaining that if Nigeria cannot feed its teeming population now, the situation is likely to get much worse.

‎ "The population of Northern Nigeria doubles every 20 years. If we have a major food security issue today, it is going to get much worse. So we really need to concentrate on the multi-sector approach because a population growth at that level will damage us in a way that we do not understand and would drive insurgency," he said.

" The need for rapid action is required. We have to adopt a mulit-sector approach in health, nutrition, social production and family planning."

"The capacity to increase the production of food in the country is already here. The need for action is urgent. In spite of its resources and dynamic people, Nigeria is not on course to meet its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Industry and the health sector need to form partnership to work together to increase the production of nutritious food to treat malnutrition , in this, you will have the food support of the development partners such as the European Union," he said.

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