WFP: $190m  Over Next Six Months Required for Life-saving Food, Nutritional Assistance to Vulnerable People in Northeast

WFP: $190m  Over Next Six Months Required for Life-saving Food, Nutritional Assistance to Vulnerable People in Northeast
The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that $190 million will be required over the following six months to assist the most vulnerable people in receiving the food and sustenance they require to survive.

The organization stated that if prompt action was not taken, four million people in the northeast would be without food assistance at the height of the lean season. WFP will provide emergency food and nutrition assistance to 2.1 million people affected by violence and in need of humanitarian aid, according to a statement released yesterday by Chi Lael, the organization’s head of communications, advocacy, and marketing.

The statement emphasized that thousands of people were left with only one month’s supply of food because households in conflict-affected areas depend on minimum income to buy food.

The statement reads: “The World Food Program is deeply concerned that years of armed conflict in northeastern Nigeria are causing hunger and malnutrition, with millions in need of life-saving assistance and facing the threat of starvation.”

According to the March Cadre Harmonisé project, the peak lean season, which will occur between June and August 2023, will cause acute hunger for 4.3 million people in the states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe.

“A grave hunger crisis with limited food availability has been created by the already challenging economic conditions, the impact of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, currency changes, challenges in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the damaging floods of 2022 that had a severe impact on agricultural production and the economy as a whole.”

Lack of aid increases the likelihood that young people may be enlisted by armed groups and that displaced individuals would return to places that are shut off from resources and humanitarian aid.

The risk of famine and death among the most vulnerable increases as more individuals require urgent food aid without assistance, and more people will be forced to use coping methods including sex to survive, selling property, and child labor.

For many residents of the nation’s northeast, insecurity has been a recurring issue. Families are unable to leave their houses due to the conflict’s worsening restrictions on travel, violence, kidnappings, and killings during the past year. Borno State is particularly affected by this scenario.

(C) Agro Nigeria

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