Nigeria: Nutrition Profile

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A health worker sits with a patient © 2008  Marily Knieriemen, Courtesy of Photoshare
  • Nigeria

    Flag of Nigeria

  • Population

    195.9 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    32.9 Million

  • % Stunting

    37% Of Children Under 5

  • % Wasting

    7% Of Children Under 5

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Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. These consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policymakers in Nigeria, where 7 percent of children under five are acutely malnourished or wasted (have low weight-for-height) and 37 percent of children under five are stunted (have low height-for-age), according to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) (NPC and ICF International 2019).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of June 2020, the following USAID activities are actively contributing to multi-sectoral in Nigeria. The U.S. Government selected Nigeria as one of 12 Feed the Future target countries for focused investment under the U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy.

  • Feed the Future Agribusiness Investment
  • Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity
  • Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Activity
  • Breakthrough ACTION
  • Breakthrough RESEARCH
  • BHA Humanitarian Area Response Team (HART)
  • Effective Water Sanitation and Hygiene Services (E-WASH)
  • Evidence and Action Toward Safe and Nutritious Foods (EatSafe)
  • Global Health Supply Chain - Procurement & Supply Management (PSM)
  • Integrated Agriculture
  • Integrated Child Health and Social Services Award (ICHSSA)
  • Integrated Health Program (IHP)
  • Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA)
  • Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+)
  • Rural Resilience
  • Small Town WASH
  • Water for Agriculture
  • West Africa Trade & Investment Hub Activity
  • Youth-Powered Ecosystem to Advance Urban Adolescent Health and Well-Being (YPE4AH)


For more information, read the Nigeria country profile [PDF, 196KB].

Last updated: August 20, 2021

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