Nigeria’s government and international partners want to fast-track food security

The federal government and international partners has launched an appeal, seeking a $306 million to fast-track assistance to address the deteriorating food security and nutrition crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states.

The fund aims to reach 2.8 million people with food assistance, nutrition supplies, clean water, healthcare, and protection support between May-September lean season where 4.8 million people, including the vulnerable are estimated to be facing severe food insecurity.

The plan also includes improving access to water, sanitation, and hygiene to combat infectious diseases, especially among the over 2 million internally displaced persons.

Approximately 700,000 children under five were projected to be acutely malnourished in the next six months, including 230,000 at risk of death without timely intervention in the region.

The appeal is also part of the broader 2024 UN-coordinated Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria, aiming to address the critical needs of those affected by the crisis.

 At the plan’s launch, the National Emergency Management Agency’s director-general, Zubaida Umar, emphasised the importance of mobilising funds to prevent malnutrition-related deaths and health issues.

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