Intense conflict limits food availability and access in regions bordering Lake Chad
Boko Haram conflict, which has spread from Nigeria to neighboring countries, continues to limit food availability and access for households in Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. Conflict is preventing households from pursuing their typical livelihoods. Increasing population displacements continue to put stress on host communities. February 2015 joint CILSS/National Governments/FEWS NET/FAO/WFP market assessments confirm that market activity remains disrupted in regions bordering Lake Chad. In the absence of humanitarian assistance, 3.5 – 4 million resident and displaced people throughout northeast Nigeria, the Diffa Region of Niger, western Chad, and northern Cameroon will face significant difficulty accessing adequate food through at least September 2015. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes, including increased levels of acute malnutrition, are expected over the coming six months for the worst affected households.