‘Nigeria’ once called as ‘food basket’ is facing food-crisis these days: Reports

Nigeria, once known for its Crops, is suffering Hunger Hits nowadays. However, the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) tried its best to control the food crisis in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria.

There is a clash between farmers and herders, who mainly raise and take care of animals, which has resulted in deaths, fires and lack of food in recent years.


The Nigeria state is once known for their corps. In the north-central Benue state, farmers once grew so much Rice, yams, and soybeans that is why the area started getting called as the ‘food basket’ of Nigeria.

A farmer like ‘Ibrahim Mohammed’ is facing trouble nowadays. He once produced ten bags of Rice from his land each year, and now he can only create three because attackers burned his land and home a few years ago.

Mohammed’s family includes his wife, ‘Hannah’, three children, and her 18-months-old daughter. He said that they do not know whether the food fulfils their day of need or not.

Even Hannah has to take permission from her husband whether she is allowed to take her first rest from working to feed her baby.

Because he cannot produce enough Rice to sell, as well as Mohammed does not have enough money to purchase small plants to grow new crops, he wants to grow yams, soybeans and sorghum.

As per his statement, “Sometimes we manage to eat once in a day and also thanked God for helping his family that his family is still alive in these conditions.”


Not only Mohammed is suffering from this crisis, but there are around one million farmers like Mohammed who have been pushed from their land because of fighting.

According to ‘Samuel Ortom’, the governor of Benue states, “We are heading to a food crisis.”

As per the WFP, nearly 13 million people in Nigeria are facing hunger after a season that produces less food than usual. Due to the violence, food production around the country is difficult. The production of Rice has dropped, and the price has increased sharply.

Not only the production impacted but also the COVID-19 pandemic has made it hard for the UN to get food to the needy people.