Fact Sheet - USAID/Nigeria COVID-19 Food Security Challenge (short version)

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Nigeria is currently facing a food security crisis that is compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has significantly disrupted already fragile value chains across the country, including people’s ability to produce, process, and distribute food. The disruption to agricultural productivity and markets has a negative impact on livelihoods, especially among the most vulnerable households.

In April 2021, USAID/Nigeria launched the COVID-19 Food Security Challenge, a Feed the Future initiative, to provide $4 million in funding and technical assistance to youth-led companies (up to age 29) and mid-stage companies (those with an existing customer base of more than 1,000 people) working in food production, processing, and distribution in Nigeria. Over the next year, the Challenge will support these companies as they mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s food chains by scaling sustainable, local, and food-based models and increasing income for smallholder farmers. This competition was run in partnership with USAID’s Exploratory Programs and Innovation Competitions (EPIC) Team.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 5:15pm

Last updated: October 26, 2021