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Is Food Scarce In Nigeria?

Formerly: Are Nigerians Hungry?

Hello,

Is it true that Nigerians are hungry? Whenever people suggest this, I always say "no", because when you go to the market there is lots of food if you have money and a lot of what they have always goes to waste. Yet people have told me that I am living in an imaginary world, that Nigerians are finding it difficult to eat.

What's your opinion? Do you think here are a lot of Nigerians who are hungry? Currently?

Thanks.

Update: Here is the question I really want to ask. Is Food Scarce in Nigeria? Some people say agriculture is an important business because Nigerians need more food, but my contention is that food is abundant and affordable in Nigeria as long as you earn a reasonable income. And so the problem is not really that Nigerians are hungry but that some people - unemployed people - don't earn enough for 3 square meals.

When I was in Abeokuta, I could eat a good meal at a buka for 40 naira and I read a newspaper report about a crippled man who earns 200-300 naira a day as a mobile cal center operator. If a disabled man can earn enough for more than 3 square meals at a buka, from a job that requires no education, why not the rest of us?

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Work is needed. For Example how can you starve in Naija i don't understand. or atleast some claim. At the age of 10 i was catching eja osa (Sea fish), Crabs,Shrimps, Crayfish. coconuts and many fruits were abundant for public. beans,tomatos,potatatos are easy to grow in as little as 30days max.chin chin puff puff, moy moy,meat pie,skotch eggs, mo sa, kuli kuli, are easy to make. Buy one Hen and u've got weekly eggs. My God I can't say u let us suffer if we only do a little. The only thing else you can do now is start learning to grow by going to the library,museum,Churches,Mosque,Your friends- anybody to learn more. Be a Doctor, a scientist,teacher,Agriculturist,biologist,Radio mechanics,artist,life guard,tailor,mechanic,student4eva, and still be able to do anything else. Party,Clubs,smoking egbo,sports, whatever. all at once. One person can do all that, But instead what r u doing? Waiting for someone or something to freeload of and u complaining-look in the mirror u maybe cursed with laziness.

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BWF is more relevant when we are talking about Govt spending not private consumption.If I wasn't spending the money on wasted food I might not spend it at all.No suits,just savings.

The land might be used for something else or as is more likely the case in Nigeria,it will lie fallow.My not spending money on food doesn't guarantee that hospitals or care centres will be built.The human effort and fertiliser might not be used for something else because there would be no demand neccesitating its use.

Given that the Western world throws the most food away,it must be a miracle that their economy has not been severly damged .Private Consumption drives 70% of the US economy and that is because there is a lot of wasteful consumption.

To the extent that private consumption is not depleting savings and increasing household debt(hardly the case in Nigeria) ,any such consumption is welcome even if it results in wasted food.

NB:Am playing Devil's Advocate

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Throwing food away helps the economy.It means you are consunming more than you need.Your consumption pays the food seller who pays the farmer

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I think that what we have is lazy people who do not want to work, we have food

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Nigerians hungry ke

Even when i was broke back in niaja, food was the elast of my problems

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You need not feel guilty about throwing food away. If you don't throw it away, someone else will.

If you really want to make a difference, you should go into agriculture and food distribution. Guilt isn't helpful.

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food is not scarce in nigeria. there's food everywhere and food being thrown away. but some people are starving to death in the midst of plenty. i always feel guilty throwing food away.

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there's not much food in Nigeria ,compared to thousands of food in America. but i won't say food is scarce.

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i know many families only eat chicken in naija on the christmas day, do we have milk? we only have evaporated and condensed milk!! no fresh milk and many people in naija doesn't know what a fresh milk looks like, people eat cow skin in naija because they can not afford to buy a good meat. you are all living in the cities, go to the villages and see how poor people are eating there, we don't have food in Nigeria period. people eat very bad diet in naija,

we need some fresh milk in Nigeria please!!!!!

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Nigeria has no real middle class and when there is no middle there is no full employment

middle class creates jobs.The rate of inflation is not in tune with level of pay

Anyway that's what I'm learning in school

I don't know if Nigeria has welfare system to help the poor like here in the States.

And I don't know, if the poor get food stamps in Nigeria.

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NO! Check d no of lorries with onions, tomatoes, potatoes,yams and other foodstuffs flying(?) all over d place.

Nigerians eat, u even see beggars with big plates of food.

My people say "everybody eat garri but the difference lies in the soup." The question is what do nigerians eat?

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Thanks, my brother. All these "selfless" NGOs looking for money are misrepresenting us.

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Well, i know i eat when i'm hungry and i'm a nigerian

so ARE NIGERIANS HUNGRY?

ANSWER: NO THEY ARE NOT

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Yes. If a brand can be developed that represents clean, low cost Nigerian food, it will draw in a lot of money.

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why would you want to eat the food they have here. . .it has all the chemicals mixed in it

the only processing they need to do to the food in naija is making sure they are more tidy

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but then many nigerians are broke + food is expensive

so if Nigerians say they're hungry, it's not because food is scarce but because they cant afford food. Because I remember when I used to live in Nigeria. My parents bought most of our food stuff when they go to their home towns because food's a lot cheaper there than the cities.

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Food is not scarce.

It is the means of getting this food that is 'scarce' or rather inadequate.

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And they say that 1 African country could grow enough food to feed the world.

If 4 African countries were dedicated to agriculture, food would become over abundant and the rest of the countries could concentrate of industry and other things.

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@Akolawole

dont understand the reason for your devastation. You mean the cost of living is cheap for Nigerians living in Nigeria?

Regarding your two questions

##I don't believe transportation is that high in Nigeria even in London, transportation goes up every 2nd Januaryfor the past 7 years.## How can you compare Nigeria with london. What % of your income in london do you use for transportation? Compare that with Nigerians living in Nigeria. Transportation cost adjustment in Uk or other European countries is directly related to inflation and if you are working in a registered company, there is an annual inflationary adjustment to Income. This doesnt happen in Nigeria until there is riot, even so, there is not correlation between inflation and those increases. Secondly, transportation cost increases in Nigeria is due to artificial scarcities, low production capacities, greed, etc. These are the effect of failure in social system.

## I don't believe any government can provide 100% housing services even in europe, there abound homeless## I was not advocating for 100% housing, the fact is that inconsistent goverment policies do not measure up to their plans/promises. Goverments planned Housing for all by year 2000, water for all by year 2000 etc. The intent of such program was to create incentives to facilitate the program. But such programs failed. I was in nigeria, I contributed to the Federal mortgage bank scheme, what happened?. All the housing estates, not mortgage facilities, hence highjacked by moneybags. The issue here is not the housing, but programs that are not sustainable?

If you are devastated, you should be because if you are not in Nigeria, then you miss the agony on the ground.

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@Sage

Bibi brought me to this.

The moment he mentioned "high cost of living", i was devastated because i dont believe that.

Facts?

Dont you eat before you leave Nigeria?

Ans: Of course you eat.

Can Seun please put this as a poll while we vote.

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we have lots of food in naija its just the jobs arent there for the people

to buy the food you need money and a job is where you get this money

its all like a chain reaction

the rich is just getting richer while the poor keeps getting poorer

all most of the people in naija cares about is themselves, its really sad

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Food is not scarce but i believe storage is our problem.

Now coming back to you Bibi:

1) where do you live in Europe?

##I dont believe transportation is that high in Nigeria even in London, transportation goes up every 2nd Januaryfor the past 7 years.##

## I dont believe any government can provide 100% housing services even in europe, there abound homeless##

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NO, food is not scarce in Nigeria. But the cost of living is damn too high. Even if food is not scarce, and are readily available in the market, where they are not expensive, your income can hardly buy the quantity that will last your family. So people result to mbembe (buying is small quantity) because that is what your income can afford. Now, in Nigeria, it is typical of working class to always owe those selling foodstuff before the pay day! while those who are working are into habit of Book me down. i.e eat today and postpone payment till end of the month.

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My dear u are really correct.food dey na money

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Thank @Ka: I agree  the title is misleading. Food is not scarce, but people cant afford what is available due to unavoidably high cost of living.

And we all know the key contributor to starvation is not only peoples income, but unavoidable spending due to inefficiencies in social services,

, Nepa doesnt work: spend a lot on petrol, on small thinks like tatapupu for grinding pepper which is more expensive if there is no nepa.

, transportation cost in Nigeria is waaay too high.

, housing, yawk, where is housing for all by year 2000? Daily Dilema with Landlord

, education ,health, etc.

Where there is a failure of social services, it eats deep into peoples disposable income, driving people to disastrous choices of what to eat and when.

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I don't believe food is scarce in Nigeria.

What is scarce is the means to provide that food. Most Nigerians cannot afford the normal 3 square meal; simply because this has turned out to be a country where one bread winner (or two if the woman works) is (are) fending for an average nuclear family of 5, plus extended family (in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, family friends), and anonymous friends who surface from nowhere asking for 'help'.

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Seun,

The thing is, there are many other things to pay for other than food (like transport, accommodation, etc.). These other expenses are 'harder' than food expenses (i.e. it is more difficult to compromise or substitute them), so people will tend to go without a meal so they can have more money to meet these expenses.

I think your original question ('Are Nigerians Hungry') is the right one to ask. What is the point of having abundant food if you can't buy it because it's too expensive or you don't have the disposable income to buy it?

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I think a better way to ask my question would have been "is food scarce in Nigeria?"

Besides, if the police man is truly hungry, he will not go ahead and marry a wife and start making babies.

I feel that there is enough food in the country to feed all Nigerians, it is just that some Nigerians are not earning enough because they are unemployed, or lazy, or disabled. Even professional beggars in Lagos have enough to eat and raise their families; do you know that? The problem seems to be poverty and not scarcity of food.

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I keep woundring if hunger is the reason why our police stand on the road to collect 20, 20Naira, Or maybe they are just doing it for fun,

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Let me Rephrase the Question.

Seun, are you Hungry?

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No food is not scarce.

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