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
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
More than 120,000 people have been driven from their homes by the conflict over the last year.
WFP launches a "fighting famine" campaign to raise awareness and funds for the hunger crisis in Northeast Nigeria.
WFP scales up its response in northeast Nigeria, reaching 1 million people in need.
WFP activates a Level 3 food emergency, its most serious crisis designation.
Boko Haram militants kidnap 276 teenage girls from a boarding school in Chibok in Borno.
The Boko Haram Insurgency begins causing families to flee the violence.
More than 60 percent of the country’s population lives below the poverty line, and 1.2 million people rely on WFP for their basic needs.
- 7.9m people need humanitarian assistance
- 3m people are food insecure
- 1.2m people rely on WFP for food every month
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18-year-old Halima escaped Boko Haram and is now rebuilding her life thanks to food assistance.
Fatima receives proper nutrition after she fled her home with her mother at the age of two.
Bintu can now provide food for her family after losing access to her farm.
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.