The COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis of lockdowns in Nigeria: The household food security perspective

Africa's Public Service Delivery and Performance Review

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Title The COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis of lockdowns in Nigeria: The household food security perspective
Creator Amusan, Lere Agunyai, Samuel C.
Subject International Relations; Political Economy; Food Politics COVID-19; Nigeria; household food; human insecurity; lockdown; pandemic.
Description Background: This article argues that the lockdown policy of the Nigerian government, even though had proven to be effective in the control of the spread of the virus, adversely triggers household crises. These crises range from hunger, gender violence, shortage of food, low purchasing power and negative coping strategies. While intellectual resources have been remarkably outspoken about the effect of lockdown on Nigeria’s economy, the implications of the lockdown for household food security crisis have drawn little or no academic attention.Aim: Given this, the article examines the influence of the lockdown on households’ hunger and coping mechanisms. It further examines the nexus between coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdown and households’ low purchasing power.Setting: This is with the view to advance adequate strategy for minimising the effects of lockdown on food (in)security in Nigeria.Method: The article utilized a qualitative, descriptive research method. The article, is theoretical in nature, and drew its arguments from secondary sources, such as journals, books, newspapers, Internet sources, and official documents.Results: The finding indicates that the lockdown stimulates not only households’ hunger and negative coping habits but also low purchasing power.Conclusion: The article concludes that equitable and transparent distribution of palliatives is a good strategy capable of addressing households’ food (in)security crisis during Covid-19 lockdown in Nigeria.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Not available
Date 2021-05-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative research
Format text/html text/xml application/epub+zip application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/apsdpr.v9i1.484
Source Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review; Vol 9, No 1 (2021); 10 pages 2310-2152 2310-2195
Language eng
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Coverage Nigeria March-July 2020 Food value chain
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Lere Amusan, Samuel C. Agunyai