• Over 80 percent of the population of households nationwide face None or Minimal acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 1). Food access has been improving since August with the green harvest, stable food prices and the incoming 2011 harvest.
• As in a typical year, localized areas affected by flooding in the South, and dry spells in the extreme north, may have below average harvests. However, the joint CILSS/FAO/FEWS NET pre‐harvest season assessment found that production prospects are average to above average nationwide. Market flows with the region are expected to behave normally in 2011/12.
• Civil insecurity and inter‐communal conflicts in the North and commercial banditry in the South are escalating. Needs for emergency supports are above average, particularly in conflict‐affected areas of Benue, Borno, Bauchi, Kaduna and Plateau, and the cost of trade in the South may be increasin