COVID-19: Food crisis looms, farmers, ActionAid warn | Dailytrust

COVID-19: Food crisis looms, farmers, ActionAid warn

The Small-Scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON) and the ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) have warned of looming food crisis and hunger that might worsen the COVID-19 pandemic effects in the country.

They raised the alarm on Sunday at a joint virtual press conference monitored in Abuja by our reporter.

The conference was addressed by the AAN Country Director Mrs. Ene Obi, SWOFON President Mrs. Mary Afan and some stakeholders on “COVID-19 and its Implications on Food and Agriculture, Smallholder Women Farmers and Averting the Looming Food Crisis in Nigeria”.

They said due to the COVID-19 lockdown and lack of access to markets, farmers were experiencing massive post-harvest losses on fruits, vegetables, fresh products, poultry and other perishables, thus forcing them to “be back to square one.”

They said security agencies and task forces enforcing the lockdown at the states, local government and community levels were incessantly harassing and extorting smallholder farmers, especially women.

According to them, it seems the government is unaware of the continual loss of income and livelihoods in the agricultural sector, especially for smallholder women farmers, arising from the continued lockdown and restriction of movement.

Dear Reader,
Every day, we work hard to provide readers such as you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information. Quality journalism costs money. Today, we're asking that you support us to do more. Your support means that Daily Trust can keep offering journalism to everyone in the world. Sign up for as little as N1,000 to become a member. Learn more about our membership here

Bank transfers can be made to:
Zenith Bank
1017257739
Media Trust Ltd


Please send details of your bank transfer to the email or Whatsapp number below so that we can contact you.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Inquiries:
Email: membership@dailytrust.com
Whatsapp: +234 806 990 3410