Nigeria’s Path to Achieving Goal 2 of the SDGs

 

The second goal of the United Nation’s, Zero hunger, aims to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people – especially children and the more vulnerable – have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round. This involves promoting sustainable agricultural practices such as: improving the livelihoods and capacities of small scale farmers, allowing equal access to land, technology and markets. It also requires international cooperation to ensure investment in infrastructure and technology to improve agricultural productivity.

History and research have shown that achieving any of the SDGs especially Goal 2 might be a tall order for African countries. Ticking off Goal 2 on the list before or after 2030 will be dependent on deliberate and sincere efforts by the Nigerian government and other stakeholders.

UNICEF estimates that 300 million children go to bed hungry each night and that 8000 children under the age of 5 are estimated to die of malnutrition daily. Most of the children in these households are not only hungry, they are malnourished. These factors lead to poor performance in school, and generally poor mental health.

There is a lot of work to be done to achieve zero hunger which includes eliminating disruptions in food supply, identifying major food production centers and instituting innovative agro-finance mechanisms to improve agriculture.

Do you think Nigeria can achieve zero hunger by 2030? #12yearsChallenge

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