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Eight million people in northern Nigeria facing acute food insecurity

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The October 2016 analysis of the Cadre harmonisé expanded its coverage to include, for the first time, 16 out of 36 Nigerian states, almost half of the country. In these states, some 8 million people are currently facing acute food insecurity (phases 3-5, October-December 2016). Due to the Boko Haram insurgency and massive population displacement, the three northeastern states, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, have reached extremely high levels of food insecurity (Maps & Facts no 44). While humanitarian access is improving, the situation remains particularly worrisome in the state of Borno, where nearly 60% of the population (3.3 million people) is still facing acute food insecurity (phases 3-5), including 55 000 people threatened by famine (phase 5). If no appropriate measures are taken, the current food and nutrition situation will likely get worse during the next lean season -- June -August 2017. By then, the Cadre harmonisé projections indicate that the number of severely food insecure people in the 16 states that were analysed could reach 8 to 10 million people. Analytical tools, data collection methods and training for local administrations should be further developed in order to fine-tune and expand the analysis of the Cadre harmonisé to all parts of Nigeria.

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