WFP Nigeria Country Brief, January 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • In January WFP assisted one million Nigerians in conflict-affected zones in the Northeast of the country through cash-based transfers, in-kind food assistance and specialized nutritious food distributions.

  • Following a military airstrike that hit a displacement camp in Rann, Kalabalge Local Government Area (LGA) on 17 January, the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) deployed three helicopters to airlift medical teams and cargo, and evacuate injured patients as part of the emergency response.

Operational Updates

  • In January, WFP, both directly and through partnerships, reached 1,064,000 people in northeast Nigeria.

  • A total of 787,400 people – most of them internally displaced, in camps or in host communities – benefited from in-kind food distributions across Borno and Yobe States.

  • A total of 234,000 children aged 6-59 months were assisted with specialized nutritious food, while in areas with functioning markets 218,300 people were assisted through cash-based transfers.

  • Through the RRM, established jointly by WFP and UNICEF to enhance access to the most vulnerable populations, 287,600 people were assisted with general food distributions and 24,300 children received supplementary nutritious food in Dikwa, Ngala and Monguno Local Government Areas (LGAs).

  • Due to the multidimensional nature of the crisis, WFP has adopted a flexible and agile response, using the most appropriate and context-specific transfer modalities and delivery mechanisms and approaches to address the needs of affected people.

  • WFP will scale-up cash transfers where appropriate and where markets are functioning, while the recently increased in-kind food response was temporarily initiated to allow for a rapid scale-up to meet the lifesaving needs.