Food insecurity in north-eastern Nigeria, October-December 2016

Of the 9.5 million people in need of food and nutrition assistance in 2016, the majority are located in the Lake Chad basin, where civil insecurity is disrupting markets and destroying the livelihoods of local households. The Islamist Boko Haram insurgency is the main cause of acute malnutrition in this area and the Nigerian government declared a nutritional emergency in the state of Borno in June 2016. Three million people were in crisis (phase 3), of which 1.86 million were internally displaced (IOM and NEMA, April 2016). This estimate was later revised upwards and according to the Cadre harmonisé analysis, it is estimated at 4.4 million people for the period of June-August 2016. The situation remains unclear due to the fact that many areas are still inaccessible.

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