violence & climate change in
Nigeria
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Photo: WFP/Giulio d'Adamo
Photo: WFP/Giulio d'Adamo
11 Years of Struggle

Since fighting first erupted in 2009, the crisis in Northeast Nigeria has become an epicenter of climate change and conflict. Attacks by armed groups and counter-insurgents have forced people from their homes and cut them off from their farms.

More than 3 million people were already facing extreme hunger before COVID-19, and now they’re standing directly in the path of the pandemic. Under lockdown, there are long lines for food – with tensions on the rise. Coronavirus cases are already confirmed in the Northeast, making people even more vulnerable. Many will likely not survive without assistance.

If it’s not WFP, there’s no one else.

 

Triple Threats: Conflict, Insecurity and Coronavirus

April 2020

With 665 confirmed cases of coronavirus, conflict is again driving hunger at a menacing pace in Nigeria’s northeast. An upsurge in violence - with renewed attacks by armed groups and counter-insurgency operations by the military – has resulted in a fresh wave of displacement, cutting off access to farming lands essential for food and livelihoods.

Photo: WFP/Giulio d'Adamo

October 2018

More than 120,000 people have been driven from their homes by the conflict over the last year.

August 2017

WFP launches a "fighting famine" campaign to raise awareness and funds for the hunger crisis in Northeast Nigeria.

January 2017

WFP scales up its response in northeast Nigeria, reaching 1 million people in need.

August 2016

WFP activates a Level 3 food emergency, its most serious crisis designation.

August 2014

Boko Haram militants kidnap 276 teenage girls from a boarding school in Chibok in Borno.

July 2014

The Boko Haram Insurgency begins causing families to flee the violence.

Meeting the challenge

WFP uses smart, innovative solutions to feed Nigerian families across the region. These innovations include livelihood programs, SCOPE registration, truck convoys and UNHAS.

Resilience

In 2018, WFP and FAO provided Nigerian communities with high-quality, locally-sourced seeds, bolstering families’ food stores throughout the lean season. In 2019, WFP will also provide cash transfers, tools, and vocational training.

SCOPE

This blockchain technology helps WFP collect names, fingerprints and photos when registering refugees. The SCOPE process reduces loss and theft while allowing the humanitarian agency to better monitor and evaluate food distributions.

Truck convoys

Trucks carrying more than 1 million pounds of lifesaving food are now in transit from warehouses in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan. They are carrying large bags of food, nutritional supplements and other humanitarian supplies.

UNHAS

Managed by WFP, the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) helps transport humanitarian aid workers – as well as vaccines, medicine, and medical equipment to areas not easily reachable by land or sea – to families in crisis.

Because of these efforts, the World Food Program feeds hundreds of thousands of people inside Nigeria each month.

Square photograph of Halima Detailed photograph of Halima

Halima

18-year-old Halima escaped Boko Haram and is now rebuilding her life thanks to food assistance.

Detailed photograph of Fatima

Fatima

Fatima receives proper nutrition after she fled her home with her mother at the age of two.

Detailed photograph of Bintu

Bintu

Bintu can now provide food for her family after losing access to her farm.

But there is more to be done. As of April 2020
7.9M hungry people
are not receiving food assistance and
that number is set to rise
in the June-August lean season
Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud

Help us realize a future beyond emergency assistance where our help is no longer needed.

Let’s build people’s knowledge, skills and resilience. Let’s invest in economic opportunities and sustainable food systems so that all Nigerian families can get the nutrition they need to reach their full potential.