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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)  has indicated that 100 children under the age of five die of malnutrition in Nigeria every hour. UNICEF’s chief nutrition officer, Nemat Hajeebhoy, disclosed this on Thursday at a meeting organised by the National Council on Nutrition (NCN) in Abuja. The chief noted that if urgent action is not taken, another 15 million children are at risk of wasting. Wasting is a term used to describe children who get...

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The average cost of making a pot of jollof rice for a family of five in Nigeria rose to N9,917 in September, says SBM Intelligence. The socio-economic research firm disclosed this in its jollof index report for the third quarter (July—September) of 2022. At the end of the second quarter (April—June), it was N9,311. The report showed that among the 13 markets surveyed, Wuse II recorded the highest cost of making a pot of jollof...

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The production of made-in-Calabar noodles, Kisimie noodles, has commenced. This was made known by the governor of Cross River State, Professor Benedict Ayade, via a Facebook post on Thursday. The governor shared a video of his visit to the noodles factory to witness the pre-production works of the concessionaire. Speaking on the product, he said it “is not the type of noodles that you find in the Nigerian market”. He said it is “noodles of...

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Prices of staple food have continued to increase in Abuja and Nasarawa State, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. A NAN survey revealed that in Nasarawa and the FCT, residents are frustrated due to the price increase of staple food items. A trader in Kubwa market, Mr. Dini Suleiman, said a bag of beans previously sold for N27,000 was now sold for N49,000. Suleiman said a bag of Nigerian Rice previously sold for between N15,000...

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Hunger, high blood pressure and depression at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State has resulted into the death of 23 IDPs. At least 22,365 IDPs from Shimfida, Garin Maiwuya, Garin Zango, Garin Kwari (Farfaru), and Tsambaye villages live in Jibia town. Sa’ad Salisu, chairman of the IDP camp disclosed this while speaking to journalists yesterday at the IDPs refugee camp at Government Girls’ Secondary School, Jibia Salisu,...

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The team lead of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Aishatu Digil said the Federal Government will spend N999m daily to feed approximately 10 million pupils nationwide. Digil revealed this in Abuja at a stakeholders’ meeting on disbursement modalities for the review cost of feeding, noting that the programme would eliminate poor implementation practices. She said the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, had got the approval to spend...

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced the approval of a $1.5 billion emergency programme to alleviate the effect of worsening food insecurity as a result of the Russia/Ukraine War, this was revealed by its director on Monday. About 20 million farmers on the continent will benefit from the fund as Africa faces a shortage of at least 30 million metric tonnes of food, especially wheat, maize, and soybeans imported from Russia and Ukraine. “The US$1.5...

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MAIDUGURI — The school feeding programme introduced by the Federal Government has helped reduce the number of out-of-school children, particularly among the internally displaced children in Borno State. Fatima Abba Mali, Borno State Programme Manager of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) in the state stated this during a one-day training organised by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development with the theme: “Train Master Cook”, in Maiduguri. “We have...

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Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), says about 250 million Africans go on an empty stomach from dusk to dawn. He stated this in an article recently published on the AfDB’s website and titled, ‘It’s time to nourish Africa once and for all.’ According to him, the persistent food shortages in the continent mean that Africans struggle to put food on the table. Adesina described hunger as a way of life for...

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AUCHI — The President, Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Joshua Suleiman, on Saturday, March 19 officially launched a free food restaurant in Auchi, Edo State. The restaurant, Joliz Kitchen, which was built to mitigate the effect of Nigeria’s poor economic conditions, is in line with the activities to mark the Apostle’s birthday on March 24, 2022. According to the cleric, the restaurant will feed at least 1000 people daily. Addressing the audience at the launch...

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