Food Insecurity Leaves 8.4 Million In Dire Need Of Humanitarian Assistance In Northeast Nigeria, UN Says


The United Nations has disclosed the deterioration of food security in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states had left more than 8.4 million people in dire need of humanitarian assistance and protection.

A statement issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) on Friday said: “After averting catastrophe in 2021, danger looms again for the people of North-East, Nigeria if efforts were not sustained.

The statement further read that Final Cadre Harmonisé (CH) analysis results from March 2022 project deterioration of the food security situation in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) States, where more than 8.4 million people require humanitarian assistance and protection.

The March 2022 CH projected 4.1 million people in need (Integrated Food Security Phase Classification Phase 3 or above) during the peak of the 2022 lean season, of whom an estimated almost 600,000 people were projected to be in an emergency situation (Phase 4).

This was a 19 per cent increase in the number of people in need of food security assistance since the October 2021 analysis, including an alarming 28 per cent increase in the number of people in the emergency category.

According to the IPC acute malnutrition, analysis from September 2021 to August 2022 showed that the number of acutely malnourished children and women was expected to significantly increase in the year 2022 and further worsen in the lean season.

The analysis also indicated that 1.74 million children aged 6-59 months would need treatment for acute malnutrition in 2022, which were anticipated to be the highest levels observed since the emergency period of 2016.

The statement further added that the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria were seeking $1.1 billion to support 5.5 million people.

As part of this, $351 million would be needed urgently by May to deliver life-saving food security and nutrition assistance to the most affected people.

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