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77% of households in Nigeria are mired in moderate or severe food insecurity-NBS report

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THUR, JULY 16 2020-theG&BJournal-The food security situation in Nigeria has substantially worsened since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics’ (NBS) COVID-19 Impact Monitoring Survey for June 2020.

The survey finds also that the incidence of severe food insecurity in June 2020 was nearly 3 times higher than in July/August 2018 and nearly 6 times higher than in January/February 2019.

‘’Moreover, 77% of households interviewed in June reported moderate or severe food insecurity, and there has not been any significant improvement in safety nets or other sources of income assistance from institutions and/or remittances,’’ the survey finds

The said that about 30% of households interviewed in June experienced severe food insecurity due to lack of money or other resources.

In June, there was virtually no change in the provision of safety nets; 13% of households received food assistance, while 2% 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% in April/May to 18% in June

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