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Northeastern Nigeria | Response Overview (April 2022)

Northeastern Nigeria | Response Overview (April 2022)
May 2022

The ongoing armed conflict in northeastern Nigeria as well as increased prices of food items and agricultural inputs have continued to negatively affect food security and nutrition in the region. About 74.2 percent of farmers reported production difficulties, mainly to access fertilizers, during the last rainy season. This led to reduced cultivated cropland area (43.1 percent) and crop harvests (53.4 percent) across five states, including in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. 

The latest Cadre Harmonisé analysis (March 2022), which was conducted in 21 out of Nigeria’s 36 states and in the Federal Capital Territory, indicated that about 19.5 million people (12.3 percent of the population analysed) are projected to experience crisis or worse levels of food insecurity (June–August 2022), if immediate actions are not taken, including 415 495 internally displaced people (IDPs).

The provision of agricultural inputs to the most vulnerable households remains critical to ensure their food security and nutrition. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with its partners has been implementing various interventions, including support for livestock (goat and poultry) and crop (rainy/dry season and peri/urban homestead gardening) production, as well as value chain development and aquaculture to mitigate risks linked to seasonal crop failures and other climate-related shocks, to diversify households’ livelihoods and income sources. Beneficiaries are also provided with fuel-efficient stoves to mitigate risks linked to malnutrition, protection, deforestation, health and communal tensions over natural resources.


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