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UN: 42.1 Percent of Households in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe Suffer from Food Insecurity

A total of $1.1 billion is necessary to support 5.5 million people in Nigeria

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Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga is a graduate of Mass Communication and aspiring investigative journalist.

NIGERIA. Borno. Adamawa. Yobe: In the Nigerian North-East states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY), 42.1 percent of households are estimated to have experienced food shortages, compared to 37.8 percent in the same period in 2021. As per the reports, 2022 Mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (MVAM) has been revealed.

According to the MVAM survey, in the current year, BAY states have seen considerable growth in the consumption of unhealthy foods.

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According to the United Nations (UN), the number of severely malnourished children and women in BAY states has increased dramatically this year. It also stated that more than a billion dollars are required to provide food security, nutrition, and other life-supporting assistance in the region. 

A total of $1.1 billion is necessary to support 5.5 million people in Nigeria. 

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While $351 million is urgently required to provide life-saving food security and nutrition support to those who have been most affected.

“However, if adequate action is not taken following the disastrous crises and food shortages in northeastern Nigeria in 2021, extreme hunger would strike the region again, and in a more severe fashion,” the UN added.

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Meanwhile, the persistent issue of food crises, food security, and malnutrition in BAY states is due, among other things, to poor food storage systems and growing insecurity crises.

The prolonged food crisis is thought to be the worst since 2016. 

According to the report, 1.74 million children aged 6 to 59 months would require acute malnutrition treatment this year.

“More than 8.4 million Nigerians from the impacted states required immediate humanitarian assistance and protection,” according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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