WFP Nigeria Country Brief, December 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



• In December WFP, both directly and through partnerships, provided food assistance to 1.23 people (98 percent of the plan of the month) through in-kind distributions (77 percent) and cash-based transfers (23 percent) in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

• According to the December Emergency Food Security Assessment, conducted by WFP and other partners, overall, 34 percent of households across Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States are food insecure. This represents 10 percent reduction in the prevalence of food insecurity compared to the last assessment in March 2017. Displaced households and female-headed households are amongst the most food insecure households.

WFP Assistance

Emergency Operation (EMOP) 200777

WFP’s Regional EMOP addresses urgent food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable people and communities in conflict-affected areas and displacement sites of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

In northeast Nigeria, WFP general food distributions (GFD) are provided through in-kind food assistance (comprising of cereals, pulses, salt, vegetable oil and sugar) and, where markets allow, through cash-based transfers (CBT) to support displaced people living in camps or with host communities, as well as vulnerable host populations.

Preventative nutrition assistance is provided to children aged 6-23 months, and to children aged 24-59 months with moderate acute malnutrition. Pregnant and lactating women also receive preventative nutrition assistance integrated with cash or in-kind food assistance. In areas where population returns are possible, livelihood support interventions are being incorporated to contribute to early recovery and help reduce reliance on food assistance.

WFP is cooperating in Nigeria with national and state emergency agencies and has increased its footprint through 16 partnerships with 6 national and 10 international humanitarian organisations.

The shortfall for WFP Nigeria EMOP over the next six months (January - June 2018) is over USD 33 million. However, a complete pipeline break is anticipated in May and the net funding requirements until December 2018 are estimated at USD 199 million.

Special Operation (SO) 200834 – United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS)

Since August 2015, UNHAS flights have allowed the humanitarian community to implement and scale-up relief activities to assist affected populations. UNHAS operates a fixed wing aircraft from Abuja with regular flights to Maiduguri and Yola. Helicopter flights were introduced in July 2016, and they have since constituted a critical tool to access remote and hard-to-reach areas in northeast Nigeria. UNHAS provides air transport to over 80 humanitarian organisations with four rotary and one fixed-wing aircraft.

Special Operation (SO) 201032

On 7 November 2016, WFP launched a Special Operation to address the main logistics and telecommunication gaps faced by the humanitarian community in northeast Nigeria.

The Logistics Sector is responsible for logistics coordination and information management, augmentation of storage capacities and coordination of cargo movements, supporting 43 organisations.

The Emergency Telecommunications Sector seeks to establish and upgrade security telecommunications in Borno and Yobe States enabling the humanitarian community to carry out its activities efficiently and safely.