This plight is however moving groups and individuals to warn of the effects of malnutrition on children.
Those who know better say that the worrisome aspect is that the plights are not being handled with the attention they needed despite WFP dwindling efforts in feeding people in the affected areas.
If we don’t get the funding, hundreds of thousands of people could die of hunger, says Dieng, adding, “Hunger levels would increase as the rainy season restricted aid delivery and continuing insecurity limited the population’s ability to farm.”
But before this revelation, there were media reports suggesting that, available statistical estimates show that no less than half a million Nigerian children aged five and below die yearly as a result of malnutrition, hence, investing in nutrition will yield valuable returns.
Eight years ago, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to adopt the eight-point Millennium Development Goals, the first of which is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty and hunger within 15 years (2000-2015). Halfway the target period, statistics show that poverty is persistently increasing in Nigeria: from 27% in 1980 to 65.6% in 1999 and 70.8% in 2006. There is poverty in the rural area as well as the urban area. All the three types of poverty, namely, poverty of money, poverty of access and poverty of power, network to perpetuate poverty in circle. The reality of deepening, widening and biting poverty in the midst of abounding natural endowments and human resources in Nigeria is critically reviewed in this paper, which used theoretical, documentary, and problem-solving research methods to identify, analyze and assess the poverty and hunger situation in Nigeria poverty and hunger situation in Nigeria vis-à-vis the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs,). The recommended steps towards eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and attaining the first MDG in Nigeria include individual and institutional commitment to certain identified anti-poverty measures.