Impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria's Food Systems situation report – Edition I

The COVID-19 pandemic is a multiplier of vulnerability, compounding threats to food security and nutrition (FSN), while exposing weaknesses in food systems. In response, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) developed the Keeping Food Markets Working (KFMW) programme to provide targeted support to help sustain core food systems, workers, and markets during the COVID-19 emergency. The programme’s objective is to mitigate the risk of the collapse of food systems and ensure the availability and affordability of nutritious food. This report summarises the current situation of Nigerian food systems amidst COVID-19 with a special emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and how nutritious foods value chains are changing.

The information used for this report draws on several sources, including secondary data and primary research from GAIN and its partner initiatives. To substantiate the report, a thorough desk review of available secondary data was collected primarily sourced from Euromonitor; FEWS NET; the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Big Data tool on food chains under the COVID-19 pandemic; FAO Food Price Monitoring and Analysis; over a dozen studies by FAO, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the World Bank, and others.

The information is current as of approximately November 23, 2020.