November 23, 2019
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Over 2.6m people face food insecurity, hunger in Northeast

The Country Representative of UN Food and Agricultural Organisation
(FAO), Mr. Suffyan Koroma; has disclosed that 2.6 million people face
worse “food insecurity and hunger” in Northeast.

The decade long insurgency in region; has also displaced over 7.7
million people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

Koroma raised the alarm Wednesday in Abuja at Cadre Harmonise report
(CH) presentation workshop.

The CH analysis also found about 4.02 million people in 16 northern
states and Federal Capital Territory facing food insecurity from
October to December this year.

According to him, Boko Haram insurgency in northeast continues to have
devastating impacts on food and nutrition status of people in affected
three states.

“In the current period of October to December, 2019; an estimated 2.6
million people in the three states are classified as facing crisis or
worse levels of food insecurity,” he said.

“There was a reduction of about 300, 000 people from the verge of
starvations last June,” said the report.
Koroma also warned that; if no humanitarian support is provided, about
3.6 million people in insurgency affected states are likely to be
“food insecure in from June to August next year.
He said during the period, the region traditionally experienced lean
season of agricultural activities.

He attributed the lean season to resurgence in conflict and
insecurity, wide-scale floods ravaging homesteads and farmlands during
the rainy season and outbreaks of diseases, including cholera.

He explained that they are key drivers of the current food and
nutrition situation in the northeast.

Koroma therefore; said that; “There is urgent need to accelerate the
pace by which we remove people from vulnerable situations.
His words: “This can only be achieved by addressing the root causes of
the conflict and by providing sustainable livelihoods support,” saying
that as agriculture is the largest employer and source of income in
these states.

He added that the promotion of sustainable and higher income
agricultural livelihoods is critical.
The CH results were presented by Federal Government and partners,
including FAO, the Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the
Sahel (CILSS).

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