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Nigeria: Over 25 Million Nigerians to Face Acute Hunger in 2023 – WFP

The WFP said it is assisting some 2.1 million vulnerable people in Nigeria in 2023

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says over 25 million Nigerians may face acute hunger at the peak of the lean season (June-August) this year.

The projection was made known by WFP’s Country Director, David Stevenson, at the unveiling of the humanitarian agency’s new Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday.

“As food insecurity continues to spike in Nigeria, over 25 million people are projected to face acute hunger at the peak of the June-August 2023 lean season,” Mr Stevenson said in his remarks.

The lean season is the period between planting and harvesting when job opportunities are scarce, and incomes plummet.

According to the official, in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states alone, some 4.4 million people are projected to face acute hunger at the peak of the lean season this year. Some 2 million children are also projected to be acutely malnourished in the northeast states alone, he noted.

“Permit me to say that humanitarian aid has not kept pace with this sharp rise in hunger levels,” Mr Stevenson said.

Despite this, the official said the WFP is assisting some 2.1 million vulnerable people in Nigeria in 2023 – through food assistance and nutrition support, cash payments and livelihood projects to help build back the resilience of the people affected by conflict.

New CSP

According to Mr Stevenson, the CSP is aimed at addressing hunger and malnutrition in some parts of the north-east, north-west and fostering a reinforced partnership in strengthening the national humanitarian and development response, all in accordance with the SDGs.

He emphasised that the CSP defines WFP’s entire portfolio of assistance within the country for five years and that it would be effective from 2023 to 2027.