Nigeria is a country grappling with major challenges. Its rapid population growth has put it on track to be the third largest country in the world, behind only China and India, by 2050. It has high – and increasing – numbers of people living in extreme poverty, a large youth population, and some of the fastest growing cities in the world. There is no national picture, however, as context varies dramatically by region: In the south-west, rapid urbanization and strong private-sector activity provides dynamic growth and opportunity. In contrast, the north-east struggles with insecurity and challenges in meeting basic food security. Dietary trends and the burdens of malnutrition also vary greatly, stunting and micronutrient deficiency and growing obesity and associated non-communicable diseases. Nigeria’s food systems, too, are complicated and evolving, with increasing needs of consumers in growing cities and challenges such as navigating longer supply chains to deliver fresh foods to markets.


The authors identify and discuss the types of research that can support the operationalization of food systems approaches to improve diet quality in Nigeria


Snapshot of a national food system, guided by the Compendium Of Indicators For Food System Assessment

Foresight Analysis

Healthy Diets and Reduced Land Pressure: Towards a Double Gain for Future Food Systems in Nigeria