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Climate change and conflict are fuelling Nigeria’s food insecurity crisis

A street hawker selling food in Nassarawa, Nigeria. Photo by victor olamide ajibola via Unsplash

The joint forces of climate change and violent conflict are pushing Nigeria’s food security to the brink. It is estimated that over 25 million Nigerians will be food insecure in the coming months, with the country dropping from 97 to 107 out of 133 in international food security rankings. With two thirds of the labour force working in agriculture, the increasing extreme weather patterns brought about by climate change are putting the country under severe threat. Simultaneously, Boko Harma extremist groups continue to occupy the North of the country, where the majority of agricultural production takes place.

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