Current state of Food Safety in Nigeria

In this article you can read what the current state of Food Safety in Nigeria is and what initiatives there are to improve this situation.

Locally and internally many outbreak in Nigera are still a relevant issue in de Nigerian food sector, Food safety systems are crucial maintaining the safety of the food products (Iro et al., 2020).

Nigeria known for it large production of Casava, according to (Flanders Investments & Trade, 2020) producers around 66 258 tonnes of Cassava and 44 661 of Yam. Other important products produced by agriculture is maize, tomatoes and millet.  Nonetheless, most of the commodities that are exported are and nuts and fruits rich on oils. Nigeria has still a lot of potential in the food industry to win.

Food Safety in Nigeria

The current Food Safety situation in Nigeria

However, the current has been very pressuring the Nigerian food sector in the case of food security and food safety (PWC, 2020). Furthermore, pandemic has resulted in significant inflation. Food inflation has been risen with 15%. In this pressuring times, management, especially food safety management is essential to combat the food scarcity in Nigeria. Nigeria is facing difficulties times in Food security (Matemilola, 2017), the COVID situation has been an extra hurdle in the road.

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Figure 1. Top 5 Agricultural products - Production in 1000 tonnes (Flanders Investments & Trade, 2020)

Next they being the world’s largest producer of Casava, the country is also known as the one of the leading rice consumers in the world (FAO, n.d.).  Next to agricultural sector the company has potential food processing sector. The food processing industry in Nigeria has doubled in the last decade (USDA, 2013), with a total sales in 2020 of 20 billion dollars. Large multinationals are located in the Nigeria, Olam, Pz Cussons, Nestlé and OK foods. Next to multinationals the country has a increase in local food processors (USDA, 2013). As mentioned before the Nigerian market is full of potential. At the moment large companies are located in Nigeria, however a lot can be done improving food safety. Nigeria has to imports a lot of meat to meet the demand of the country. Imported meat is chosen by many Nigerians because of the quality of the processed meat (Flanders Investments & Trade, 2020).

Lastly, hunger is till to today a relevant issue. Multiple partnerships rose from the ground, to combat the food security. The largest partnership known is the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. Large multinationals like Unilever, Nestlé, Kellogg’s and more (LagosFoodBank, 2021).

QAssurance Partnership program improves Nigeria's Food Safety situation!

QAssurance has started with different stakeholders, their own partnership program. This partnership focusses combatting food security by improving food safety. Sufficient food safety practices are needed to reduce waste and to maintain the safety of the Nigerian consumer. Furthermore, food safety certification improves the position of the market of African companies, as well as improving their position in the international market. The partnership focusses on sharing knowledge and skills instead.

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In our Partnership Program we would like to work together with (Non)Governmental Organizations, Universities, Multinationals and Food companies.


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iMIS Food Global is a fully equipped Food Safety platform for developing countries. Unique is the installation of an iMIS Food server at the Food company, for online and offline availability.

The online (no travel costs) iMIS Food implementation process includes 6 to 10 days of support and has a lead time of 3 months.

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