World Food Day: Government urged to tackle problem of food shortage

As the world marks 2018 World Food Day today, the Federal government has been urged to tackle the worsening problem of food shortage and hunger in the country through appropriate policy implementation.

Speaking to Planet News, a lecturer of Home Economics and Nutrition Education, Dilian Otekpe said there are many forces threatening food production and distribution in the country, making food accessibility a challenge.

Otekpe explained that food security and healthy living is the ability of every citizen to have regular access to enough food to meet his or her nutritional requirements for a healthy, active and reproductive life.

He noted that such issues as climate change, poor finance of agriculture research and herdsmen violent clashes with farmers in different parts of the country may exacerbate the already lingering food deficit problem, if not addressed now, especially using a multi-stakeholder approach.

World Food Day is celebrated each year on October 16 to create awareness and take action for those who suffer from hunger and the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

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