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World body raises alarm over drought in Nigeria

The World Food Programme for West Africa has expressed concern about a warning from Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency about drought in northern parts of the country

Crop failure and food deficits in Nigeria could have a serious impact on the region because half of all the cereals produced by all 15 member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) come from there.”Claude Jibidar, deputy regional director of the World Food Programme for West Africa said,

“If Nigeria has a deficit in cereals production it represents large quantities, and Nigeria in its search for food will probably draw from other countries. That could represent a major food security risk for lots of countries in the region, starting with Niger not to mention Mali and even Mauritania,” said Jibidar