Conflict-related food insecurity continues in the northeast
Escalating Boko Haram conflict continues to displace significant populations, disrupt livelihoods, and reduce incomes in the northeast. Additionally, household stocks have depleted earlier than normal due to below-average harvests. Consequently, households in Borno and Yobe states, epicenter of the conflict, will face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through September as they begin to experience food consumption gaps, while households in Adamawa State face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity.
Households in Niger State, most severely impacted by dry spells during this last rainfed cropping season, are affected by a second year of below-average production. Most poor households have also become market dependant two to three months earlier than normal and are having difficulties accessing food due below-average household stocks and high market prices. As such, Niger State faces Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity through September.
Most households across the country not affected by conflict or dry spells have normal household harvest stocks and will depend on their own production through about May. With the ongoing seasonal increase in agriculture labor opportunities, households will access food through market purchase normally through the rest of the consumption year, ending in September. Thus households across most of the country face Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity through September.