Bridging Nigeria’s food divide is a global challenge


Inclusive growth was at the heart of the 2017 OECD Forum that was held on 6-7 June in Paris.  Drawing on experiences from across the globe, the OECD Yearbook gathers many stories that are food for thought. In its contribution, the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat recalls that Nigeria’s food crisis requires structural responses to restore trust and build an inclusive, resilient society throughout the country. The Nigerian crisis reflects the importance of inclusion. What started as a localised Nigerian crisis quickly grew into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.  Beyond the immediate humanitarian emergency, the Nigerian crisis requires three long-term response strategies. First, we must focus on bringing peace and security to the Lake Chad area. Secondly, we need to think long-term and across borders. Thirdly, we need to restore trust and invest time and effort into building inclusive, resilient societies.

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