Latest analysis shows an alarming rise in food insecurity in northeast Nigeria

Latest analysis shows an alarming rise in food insecurity in northeast Nigeria

19/08/2016

Almost 4.5 million people are facing severe food insecurity in conflict-hit areas of northeast Nigeria. The latest Cadre harmonisé (CH) analysis for August to September 2016 shows a further deterioration in food security, particularly in the newly liberated and inaccessible areas of Borno and Yobe States. Over 3.3 million people are now in CH Phase 3 (Crisis) and more than 1 million in Phase 4 (Emergency) and 65 000 in Phase 5 (Famine). The analysis was conducted in response to recent alerts from humanitarian, non-governmental and UN agencies, including FAO, about the crisis in northeast Nigeria.

FAO is gravely concerned about the continued and deepening hunger in the area and urgently seeks USD 10 million to provide agricultural inputs to internally displaced and host families in time for the upcoming irrigated dry season and to support the livestock sector, in order to save livelihoods and rapidly improve food security. 

The Boko Haram-related insurgency has displaced over 1.4 million people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States of Nigeria, preventing farmers from working in their fields in the past two to three years, and resulting in missed harvests, loss of productive assets and extremely reduced purchasing power. With an estimated 80–90 percent of the population in the Lake Chad area depending on agriculture, fisheries and livestock for their livelihoods and food security, returning to farming is a priority.

Given the severity of the situation and the windows of opportunity offered by the opening of new areas, we must act now to rapidly restore food security and tackle severe hunger and malnutrition.