Food insecurity reaches extreme level in pockets of Nigeria’s Borno State
The Nigerian Minister of Health has declared a “nutrition emergency” in Borno State, and information from recent rapid assessments raises the possibility that a famine could be occurring in the worst affected and less accessible pockets of the state.
The March analysis of the Cadre harmonisé conducted within the framework of the regional food crisis prevention and management mechanism (PREGEC) of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), already sound the alarm bells to raise awareness and mobilise support for some three million people facing a crisis situation (phase 3), including 1.86 million internally displaced people – IDPs (IOM and NEMA, April 2016).
The situation has been deteriorating since the start of the lean season, partly due to the lack of market access and soaring food prices that are triggered by the falling value of the naira. However, the precise situation remains unclear due to the lack of access to many parts of northern Borno State.
Improved and sustained humanitarian access to IDP populations, as well as populations located in active conflict zones, is urgently needed.
This information note has been jointly elaborated by members of the regional food crisis prevention and management mechanism (PREGEC) of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA).
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