African Journal of Agriculture and Food Security

African Journal of Agriculture and Food Security ISSN: 2375-1177 Vol. 5 (5), pp. 202-208, September, 2017. © International Scholars Journals

Perspective

The paradox of food insecurity in Nigeria (2011-2017)

Martin Nwalie

University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria. E-mail: martinnwalie@gmail.com.

Accepted  27 August, 2017

Abstract

This paper argues that agricultural policies alone, no matter how well formulated and implemented cannot ensure food security in Nigeria without a corresponding sound macroeconomic management, poverty reduction strategy and social safety net. We argue that increase in domestic food production will only positively affect the supply side of food security while poverty rate if unattended to will negatively affect the demand side ensuring the persistence of food insecurity.

Keywords: Food security, agriculture, policy, macroeconomics.