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Food Insecurity: EU Documentary Examines Travails of North East Farmers

The European Union has sponsored the production of a documentary film, which chronicles the challenges faced by farmers and residents of North East Nigeria as it pertains to food security.

The film tagged ”HOPE” was created by Factstory, a subsidiary agency of the global French newswire service, Agence France-Presse (AFP), and also a production company specialising in audio-visual, online and editorial content present in 150 countries.

Speaking at the movie premiere, the new Head of Delegation for the European Union (EU) and the ECOWAS, Samuela Isopi, said that over two million people remained displaced from their homes in the North-east of the country, in addition to food security challenges.

According to her, more than 3 million residents of that region are suffering food insecurity, with a large number of children being victims of this situation, as a result of insurgency.

“The film HOPE tells us about the challenges that the residents of the northeast faced in their daily lives of which their sources of income were destroyed by the insurgency.

“A decade after the start of the insurgency in the northeast of Nigeria, the region is still suffering from the loss of lives and property, food insecurity and a very poor standard of living.

“More than two million remain displaced from their homes, while hundreds of thousands are living in over crowded displacement sites, without proper access to sanitation and clean water.

“More than 3 million people have food insecurity and an equal high number of children are suffering from acute malnutrition. The number of out of school children has also increased exponentially,” she said.

Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Sadiya Farouq, who was represented by the Executive Director, Disaster Management, Suleiman Abubakar, stressed the importance of improved food systems to any nation.

She noted that the Federal Government had ramped up efforts to upscale food production aimed at tackling hunger and malnutrition across the country.

“By initiating the national poverty reduction with a bold strategy, which specifically aims to address hunger, malnutrition and poverty through economic growth and social protection programmes.

“Furthermore, the government’s focus on promoting local production , providing loans to farmers and skills acquisition to others to enhance the social economic capacities of the people.” She said

The Minister also called for support from donor agencies like the EU, in a bid to fast-track government’s efforts which are already in motion.

“It is, therefore, worthy to know that the EU had been a key partner of the ministry in addressing some of the humanitarian challenges in the northeast.

“So, we further call on the EU to continue to support our efforts towards addressing the issues of food insecurity, particularly in the Northeast.” She added

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