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In Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in northeast Nigeria, conflict is affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. 4.4 million people are facing acute hunger and 320.000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition. Violence and insecurity are causing mass movements of people, with over 2 million living in camps or host communities within Nigeria and tens of thousands seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, including Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Many of those who left the country are now returning, needing food and shelter.

Joint efforts by the Nigerian Government and the humanitarian community, including the World Food Programme (WFP) have managed to stabilize an extremely serious food security situation. However, 4.4 million people are still entirely depending on food assistance and funding will continue to be needed to support immediate assistance as well as longer-term recovery and development programmes.

What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the North Eastern Nigeria emergency

Food assistance

A combination of escalating conflict, displacement and the impact of COVID-19 is raising food insecurity and leading people into hunger. WFP has stepped-up its response in the Northeast to assist people in need. In Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, WFP is scaling up its food and nutrition support to assist 1.9 million people by the end of the year.

Nutrition

WFP is providing specialised nutritious food to children and pregnant and nursing women. Surveys in IDP camps in Maiduguri, Borno State, show a slight drop in malnutrition rates. However, these still remain high in more remote areas.

Resilience

In collaboration with the Nigerian Government and other partners, WFP is preparing strategies to combine short-term assistance with longer-term interventions to build people’s resilience.

Logistics and emergency telecommunications

WFP supports the humanitarian community in Northeast Nigeria in addressing the main logistics and telecommunication gaps, including storage augmentation in key operational areas.

UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS)

WFP is providing safe and reliable air transport to the humanitarian community in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. This includes the use of helicopters to carry vital relief – staff, medicines, vaccines, ready-to-use specialized nutritious food – to hard-to-reach, isolated areas.

How you can help

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