Nigeria

WFP Nigeria Situation Report #6, 31 January 2017

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In Numbers

1.8 m people displaced, of which 1.3 million in Borno and 0.13 million in Yobe States

4.4 m people food insecure in Borno and Yobe States

Highlights

  • In January, WFP, both directly and through partnerships, reached 787,400 people with in-kind food distributions, 234,000 children aged 6-59 months with specialized nutritious food and 218,300 beneficiaries through Cash Based Transfers (CBT), reaching overall 1,064,000 people.

  • In February, WFP, both directly and through partnerships, plans to reach a total of 1.3 million beneficiaries.

Situation Update

  • The crisis induced by the Boko Haram insurgency remains the main driving factor of instability in northeast Nigeria and has the potential to cause further displacements and increase food insecurity.

  • Markets remain disrupted in the affected areas and challenges to reaching people in need remain, due to high levels of insecurity and hence restricted access.

  • Because of a significantly below-average harvest (50 percent below the five-year average) the annual lean season is expected to start early in April-May instead of July and given the limited purchasing power and the depletion of household stocks, millions of people are likely to remain severely food insecure until October 2017.