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Friday, August 23, 2013

Food security index ranks Nigeria 86 out of 107

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Nigeria has been ranked 86 in the latest Global Food Security Index (GFSI) reports made available to NaijaAgroNet.

The indexing which cut across three core categories, namely the affordability, availability, quality and safety.

The GFSI published by Intelligence Unit of The Economist, also ranked Nigeria 84 in the quality and safety index.

The ranking, NaijaAgroNet gathered showed that Nigeria scored 38.7 per cent  in category scores to emerge 84 in ranking, while within the availability scores, Nigeria was ranked 62, scoring 47.8 category score, even as in the affordability ranking category, Nigeria got 105 with 15.1 score.

All these brought about total ranking of Nigeria at 86, among the 107 countries indexed within the latest review with 33 scores.

According to The Economist, Nigeria's strength was defined as any indicator score above 75.0; in the prevalence of undernourishment, intensity of food deprivation and volatility of agricultural production.

Whereas the challenges where found in presence of food safety net programmes, public expenditure on agricultural research and development (R&D) in addition to corruption.

NaijaAgroNet recalls that currently Nigeria's Gross Domestic Products (GDP) stood at 283.3 billion; population at 170.1 million; Land Area at 910,770 sq km; prevalence of undernourishment 8.5  per cent.

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