As the global economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, inflation has risen worldwide, and soaring prices have had a huge impact on countries such as Nigeria.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, with 210 million inhabitants, and its number of poor people is already among the highest in the world.
However, due to the dual economic impact of low global oil prices and the pandemic in Nigeria, the World Bank estimates that the country’s soaring inflation and food prices will push another 7 million people into poverty in 2021.
According to official statistics, food prices have risen by more than 22% since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis.
For many people, raising a family has become a daily challenge.
“Every day, during the consultation period, five or seven children are malnourished,” said Emiolo Ogonzola, director of the nutrition department at Messi Street Children’s Hospital in the impoverished area of Lagos Island.
“I bet that in a few months or a year, more children will be malnourished.”
Even before the pandemic and soaring food costs, Nigeria’s nutrition statistics were shocking: one-third of Nigerian children were stunted by improper diet.
As a result, nearly 17 million children in Nigeria are malnourished, making the country the most malnourished in Africa and second in the world.