Nigeria + 3 more

Lake Chad Basin Situation Report, January 2017


7 million
people severely food insecure during the 2017 lean season

of the population depend on agriculture, fisheries and livestock for their livelihoods

2.6 million
displaced people

USD 70.2 million
urgently needed for the implementation of FAO’s response

Key Messages

  • Restoring agricultural livelihoods is a priority to avoid a further deterioration of the food security situation of displaced people and host communities in the coming months.

  • Limited funding received in 2016 for livelihood interventions is a major concern, especially in northeastern Nigeria where 5.1 million people will suffer from food insecurity in 2017 (Cadre Harmonisé, June‒August 2017).

  • Without agriculture and livestock support, many farmers and herders will resort to negative and sometimes irreversible coping mechanisms with long-lasting impact on their livelihoods. This may result in an increase of humanitarian needs in 2017 and beyond.

  • Special attention to women and youth is given in all FAO interventions. This is crucial to offer livelihoods alternatives and income generation opportunities, and support women that are particularly vulnerable during conflict.