Insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin - Regional Impact, Situation Report #24, 31 March 2017

from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Mar 2017


  • The scaling-up of military operations across all affected countries has resulted in further forced displacement. Spontaneous returns have also been observed in recently accessible localities, although the humanitarian situation remains critical.

  • Limited food stocks will be depleted earlier than usual while prices of main staples will remain significantly above average, limiting purchasing power through the lean season.
    Vulnerable households in the Lake Chad region will be worst affected.

Situation Update

  • According to OCHA’s 7 March update on the crisis,10.7 million people across the Lake Chad Basin need humanitarian assistance, including 2.4 million displaced people and 7.1 million people who are severely food insecure. Famine-like conditions have been reported in parts of Borno State, Nigeria.
    Over the past few months an improved security situation has enabled the United Nations and its partners to get a stronger appreciation of the humanitarian situation.

  • Ongoing Multi-National Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) operations at the border between Niger and Nigeria are triggering waves of displacement and have elevated the exposure to protection risks.

  • The Lake Chad Basin humanitarian emergency is becoming the most acute food and nutritional crisis in Africa, but it has been largely overlooked outside of the region. Recent high-level efforts have however sought to change that. The Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region on 24 February mobilized greater international attention, raising 672 million by international donors over the next three years. From 1–7 March, a UN Security Council delegation travelled to the Lac Region to assess the situation.