With inflation rising around the world as the global economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring prices are having dramatic consequences in countries like Nigeria.
The number of people living in poverty in Nigeria – Africa’s most populous country with 210 million people – was already among the highest in the world.
But as Nigeria has been hit by the twin economic effects of low global oil prices and the pandemic, the World Bank estimates that the country’s spike in inflation and food prices has pushed an additional seven million people into the country. poverty in 2021.
Food prices have increased by more than 22% since the start of the coronavirus crisis, according to official statistics.
For many people, feeding their families has become a daily challenge.
“Every day during the consultations there are five or seven children suffering from malnutrition,” explains Emiolo Ogunsola, head of the nutrition department at Massey Street Children’s Hospital in a poor area on the island of Lagos.
“I bet in a few months or a year more children will be malnourished.”
Even before the pandemic and soaring food prices, Nigeria’s nutrition figures were alarming: one in three Nigerian children was stunted due to poor nutrition.
As a result, nearly 17 million children in Nigeria are undernourished, making the country the highest level of malnutrition in Africa and the second highest in the world.