Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

Where we are

Catering & Hotel Management trainees of the Youth Empowerment ProgrammeCatering & Hotel Management trainees of the Youth Empowerment Programme. photo: undp nigeria

Recent economic growth, particularly in agriculture, has markedly reduced the proportion of underweight children, from 35.7 per cent in 1990 to 27.4 per cent in 2012, trailing behind the 2015 target of 17.85 per cent. Also the proportion of Nigerian population suffering from hunger is 8.26 per cent in 2012 against 9.66 per cent of 2015 target (source, OSSAP-MDG). However, growth has not generated enough jobs and its effect on poverty is not yet clear the available data and the current policy environment suggest that the target will be difficult to meet.

Growth needs to be more equitable and broad-based. Developing agriculture and creating jobs will require the public sector to create an enabling environment for business, including building critical infrastructure, making regulatory services transparent and providing sustainable access to enterprise finance. Social protection and poverty eradication programmes need to be scaled-up and better coordinated.