ActionAid seeks social protection measures for women and girls

ActionAid called for the immediate roll-out of social protection measures, including cash transfers and food aid targeting at-risk women, girls and families.

Women and girls during a training session on face masks in the Dukpa community in Gwagwalada, Abuja

This is contained in a statement, signed by Ms Lola Ayanda, Communications Coordinator for ActionAid, and made available on Friday 6 May 2022 in Kaduna.

Ayanda said governments must quickly train farmers in agro-ecological approaches to avoid dramatic global yield losses due to a global lack of fertilizers.

“Agroecology means adopting farming practices that work with nature, such as using local manure to boost soil fertility and reduce reliance on chemical fertilizers.”

She said governments that have been dependent on food imports over the years must also invest in national and regional food reserves to act as buffers and reduce countries’ vulnerability to food shortages and rising prices.

The global fallout from the Ukraine crisis shows why a transition to renewable energy and agroecological farming practices is more urgent than ever to address climate change and protect communities from shocks in global food and energy markets .

According to 2022 New Research conducted by ActionAid, the prices of local food, fuel and fertilizer have more than tripled in some of the world’s poorest communities, with families spending double, triple and nearly four times what they were paying before Russia invaded Ukraine, according to ActionAid.

The statement said that in Nigeria, the results show wheat bread prices increased by up to 59% in the semi-urban community of Sanrab in Kwara State.

“In Nasarawa and Yobe States Urban Community, wheat bread prices increased by up to 67%, while in Lagos, the price increased by 127%, and few areas in Lagos recorded a increase of up to 111% sunflower cooking oil.

In rural areas of Kaduna, fertilizer prices have increased by up to 111%.

According to the latest World Food Price Index from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), global food prices hit their highest levels last month.

She said ActionAid’s analysis reveals that at the local community level, food and fuel price increases are far exceeding already record increases globally, “suggesting that the war in Ukraine has exacerbated the current food and fuel price challenges in communities most affected by the climate crisis.” , humanitarian emergencies and political and economic unrest”.

By Hassana Yakubu

Joel C. Hicks