In 2021 more than 8.7 million people – three out of every five persons – require humanitarian assistance and protection in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states. This is an increase of almost 10 per cent since last year and the highest recorded number of people in need since the current humanitarian operation began (excluding COVID-19 figures). North-east Nigeria had reached alarming levels of food insecurity and hunger: up to 5.1 million people are projected to be critically food insecure during the next lean season (June - August 2021). These figures are similar to those of 2016 – 2017, when heightened levels of food insecurity threatened Borno State. Despite the challenging operational environment, as well as an underfunded Humanitarian Response Plan (only 15.6% of the total ask received so far), an estimated 1.5 million people still received humanitarian assistance across the BAY states.
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