Food security stakeholders call for immediate action to address acute food and nutrition insecurity in North-East Nigeria
Abuja, Nigeria, 12 December 2016
Members of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) gathered on 12 December 2016 in Abuja at the 32nd RPCA Annual Meeting, held under the political leadership of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). The meeting was hosted by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A special session was dedicated to the critical food and nutrition situation in North-East Nigeria. Through high-level political dialogue between the government of Nigeria, regional organisations (ECOWAS, UEMOA, CILSS) and development partners, the RPCA hopes to encourage the search for appropriate solutions to address the food and nutrition emergency, and to serve as the basis for the development of more structural responses.
Participants included H.E. Dr Audu Ogbeh, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Representative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS Commission President, Marcel Alain de Souza (see Agenda).
The session closed with the reading of Declaration in which the RPCA called upon the international community, regional organisations and government representatives to join forces and urgently address the crisis. Press release
H.E. Dr Audu Ogbeh, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Representative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
“Beyond the situation in the north-eastern part of the country, the threat of food crisis in our sub-region is real. Accordingly, we must recognise the urgent need to develop mechanisms to contain the impact of food crisis on our people. We are currently facing some shortages in staple food because of our inability to modernise agriculture over the years; and phenomenally increase its productivity and competitive viability. Our failure to restore agriculture to its place of bread has resulted into dependency on food imports and severe depreciation of our foreign reserves. Africa is said to spend USD 35 billion importing food. Of that amount Nigeria accounts for USD 22 billion. There is no reason for this. Africa has no excuse for not being able to feed itself.”
Acute food insecurity in North-East Nigeria
Eight years of violent conflict across north-eastern Nigeria have severely weakened already fragile livelihoods resulting in a deep humanitarian crisis. Due to the Boko Haram insurgency and massive population displacement, the three north-eastern states, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, reached extremely high levels of food insecurity in 2016.
- One out of three people in North-East Nigeria (or 4.6 million people) is currently faced with acute food insecurity.
- 55 000 people face the threat of famine (phase 5) in the worst affected and less accessible pockets of Borno state.
- 1.8 million people are internally displaced within the three states of North-East Nigeria (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe).
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