At least 9.2 million people in Nigeria faced a crisis or worse food insecurity between March and May this year due to armed conflict, the effects of COVID-19 and climate change, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Monday with.
Of these, an estimated 3.2 million are in the states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, the FAO said in a statement.
“That number is projected to rise to over 12.8 million people from June to August 2021, of whom 4.4 million live in the three northeastern states unless resilient and humanitarian action is taken,” she warned.
The FAO statement also highlighted the increasing number of displacements in the country, particularly in areas where armed attacks are more intense, affecting the lives of millions of people in Africa’s most populous country.
“Rising violence and displacement continue to affect the humanitarian situation in northeastern Nigeria – the main focus of the armed conflict in the country – which has been exacerbated by trade disruptions and an economic decline related to the effects of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID) -19) “, said the FAO.
Regarding the impact of climate change on the West African country, the FAO said it is affecting food security and nutrition in the northeastern states.
“Given the deteriorating food security and increased risk of hunger in areas of Borno State, it is crucial to provide the most vulnerable households with farm inputs well in advance of the June planting season to quickly improve food availability and access.” Added .
The UN agency also stressed the importance of promoting diversification of livelihoods, production and sources of income.
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