“We would like to challenge the present government to brace up and prepare the country for the looming hunger. The prices of foodstuff are skyrocketing and farmers are unable to return to their farms as a result of violent conflicts in the country. The country cannot know peace or move forward if there is hunger in the land”
The world has seen and continues to experience one of the worst moments in history as a result of overwhelming humanitarian crises orchestrated by COVID-19, coupled with fierce and bloody local and regional conflicts. When the story of this era will be told, posterity will be awestruck. Of course, it is an established conclusion that Nigeria is at war with itself and everyone knows, all forms of social malaise are associated with war, especially hunger.
Thus, we mince no words by saying that Nigeria is already having a rough ride. Nigeria is, indeed, steeped in hunger and the worst is yet to come. Farmers in the entire North, especially the North-east and Middle Belt region (which is the food basket of the nation) have been chased away from their pristine profession as a result of the insurgency and marauding herders respectively.
The World Food Programme and other research bodies have been upbeat about this issue and the projections are very gloomy. How can you kill farmers and chase others from their farms and farmlands and not face hunger? The recent presidential order to the security forces to secure the country and make it conducive enough for farmers to return to the farms gives a sense of hope. After all, the rain has started signaling the arrival of a new farming season. But can the total confidence of farmers be restored for them to return to the farms without the fears of marauding herders’ threats to their lives, wives, children, and farms? Like every Nigerian knows, the present administration has since been expressing deep concerns that there might be a severe food shortage this year.
In addition are the malignant security problems, as well as unpredictable ruptures in the prices of commodities in the market that have made life worse for the citizens. The global economic outlook does not make the situation better either. The government keeps throwing public funds away into bottomless pits in the name of vaguely defined streams of agricultural loans and grants to “farmers”, “entrepreneurs”, “cooperatives”, etc, in a manner that is more of racketeering than a structured system. How do we know and evaluate the hyped value chains of those produces? What are the effects of those schemes in the market in terms of the price mechanism?
We would like to challenge the present government to brace up and prepare the country for the looming hunger. The prices of foodstuffs are skyrocketing and farmers are unable to return to their farms as a result of violent conflicts in the country. The country cannot know peace or move forward if there is hunger in the land.
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