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UN seeks $306 million to combat food insecurity in North-East Nigeria

The United Nations (UN) plans to raise $306 million as part of efforts to combat food insecurity in North-East Nigeria, where millions are projected to face severe food crisis during the lean season from June to October.

Mr. Mohamed Fall, UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, officially launched the plan in Abuja on Tuesday, stating that the UN goal is to gather resources to address food insecurity and malnutrition crisis in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe.

Fall referenced the results from the March 2024 Cadre Harmonisé analysis, which projected that at least 32 million people across 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will face a food crisis from June to August 2024. He noted that this figure, compared to the 26 million from the previous year, represents one of the highest totals of food-insecure people worldwide.

He clarified that the organization aims to assist 2.8 million out of the 4.8 million severely food-insecure individuals over the next six months, focusing primarily on children, pregnant women, lactating mothers, and other vulnerable groups.

The Minister of Budget and Planning, Atiku Bagudu, represented by Mrs. Clementina Okoro, Head of Food and Nutrition in the ministry, expressed concerns over how drought significantly impacted the 2023 harvest in Yobe and Borno.

He praised the international community’s partnership in implementing the plan, emphasizing that it would enhance humanitarian assistance across the three states.

He described the plan as multi-sectoral and integrated, noting that food and nutrition alone are insufficient for the survival of vulnerable groups, especially children who also require clean water, health support, protection, and other services.

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