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

    185.99 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    31.8 Million

  • % Stunting

    37% Of Children Under 5

  • % Underweight

    29% Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: Marily Knieriemen, Courtesy of Photoshare

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 policy makers in Nigeria, which has the highest number of children under 5 years with chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age) in sub-Saharan Africa at more than 11.7 million, according to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey (DHS).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of January 2018, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in Nigeria. The U.S. Government selected Nigeria as one of 12 Feed the Future target countries for focused investment under the new U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy.

  • Feed the Future Nigeria Nestle Maize Improvement Activity
  • Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)
  • Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project
  • Food for Peace (FFP)


For more information, read the Nigeria country profile [PDF, 240KB].