Economic and Financial Review


Central Bank of Nigeria


Food Crisis, Climate Change, Food Security, Food Production, Population, Rural-Urban Migration, Farming, Agriculture, Nigeria


Nigeria suffers from food insecurity and poverty. It is estimated that the number of hungry people in Nigeria is over 53 million, which is about 25.0 per cent of the country’s total population of about 212 million. Also, about 43.0 per cent of Nigerians live below the poverty line. These statistics are worrisome, given that Nigeria, in the 1950s and 1960s, was not only self-sufficient in food production, but was also a net exporter of food to other regions of the continent (Ajayeoba, 2010). A nation is food secure when food is available and accessible in sufficient quantity and quality for a productive livelihood for every individual. The increasing issue of food insecurity, particularly in Africa has been greatly attributed to wars, conflicts, natural disasters, and bad governance (Umar, 2014).

Author Bio

The author is the MD / CEO, Bank of Agriculture Ltd., Kaduna





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Recommended Citation

Hassan, A. A., (2021). Averting the Looming Food Crisis: A Clarion Call to Immediate and Near-term Policy Action. Economic and Financial Review, 59(4), 245-257.



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