Boko Haram violence has led to one of the most acute – and sorely neglected – humanitarian crises in the world. As more areas of northeastern Nigeria become accessible, the scale of the human tragedy is becoming apparent.
Some 2.1 million people are displaced in northeastern Nigeria. The number of people in need of food assistance in the region has risen to 4.5 million, nearly twice as many as in March. A worsening economy could see this figure rise by a further million by September 2017.
There are real concerns that in the worst affected and least accessible areas of Borno and Yobe states, severe forms of hunger, and likely famine-like conditions, may be occurring.
The vast majority of people with moderate and severe food insecurity are in Borno State – at more than 3 million.
Unless life-saving assistance is provided fast, hunger will only deepen. An estimated 244,000 children suffer from severe acute malnutrition, including up to 49,000 children who are at risk of dying if not reached with treatment.
In partnership with the Government and other agencies such as UNICEF, WFP is scaling up its assistance to reach more than 700,000 people in desperate need in northeastern Nigeria.
What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the Nigeria emergency
Food assistance: cash-based and in-kind
The World Food Programme is providing life-saving food assistance and, where markets are functioning, cash-based assistance.
The World Food Programme is providing specialized nutritious food for children under the age of 5 at risk of malnutrition.
UN Humanitarian Air Service
The World Food Programme is providing safe and reliable air transport to the humanitarian community. 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
Food security analysis
In Nigeria, WFP is gathering data for a better understanding of needs. We use mobile phones surveys (mVAM), and analyze satellite imagery so that humanitarian needs are clearer and assistance can reach the most vulnerable.