WFP Nigeria Country Brief, May 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

15,380 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 10.9 m cash-based transfers made

USD 205 m six-month net funding requirement (June 2020 – November 2020)

911,232 people assisted in May 2020

Operational Update

General food distribution reached 732,336 internally displaced people and host communities in Adamawa,
Borno and Yobe States. WFP provided in-kind food to 441,003 people and reached 291,333 through mobile money and e-vouchers. Malnutrition prevention activities reached 191,573 children and pregnant and lactating women, including treatment of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) provided to 4,162 children 6–59 months. Support for livelihoods benefited 146,531 people.

WFP is scaling up response in the northeast to provide COVID-19 related emergency food assistance to an additional 1.9 million people. Distributions will be through a tiered palliative care approach aligned with the Government response.

To address the impact of COVID-19 on food security of vulnerable families countrywide, WFP is providing technical support to the Federal Government’s modified National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, to reach over 3 million households across 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by providing take-home rations to children who are currently unable to attend school. On 14 May, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs,
Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq in the presence of WFP’s Country Director, kicked off the take-home distribution in FCT. On 21 May, WFP and the Government inaugurated the take-home ration distribution in Lagos.

At the request of the Federal Government, WFP, IOM, and UNHCR plan to provide direct food assistance to complement the Government’s social safety net efforts in Lagos, FCT, and Kano. These inter-agency activities will target 900,000 vulnerable people, including the elderly, chronically ill, disabled, women- and child-headed households, unemployed youth, refugees and migrants to support their basic food needs and access nutritious food during the COVID-19 pandemic. This assistance is part of the One UN COVID-19 Response for Nigeria Basket Fund. The Basket Fund will serve as the COVID-19 financing and investment platform for diverse stakeholders to channel financial support and ensure an efficient, effective and impactful response to the COVID-19 pandemic.