Skip to main content

Access remains restricted in parts of northeast Nigeria

  • Key Message Update
  • Nigeria
  • January 2017
Access remains restricted in parts of northeast Nigeria

Download the Report

  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • While donors and humanitarian actors are increasing their support to the northeast, access to many areas remains restricted. Recent data and reports from affected areas support concerns that extreme levels of acute food insecurity continue in accessible areas. Given the severity of food insecurity observed in adjacent areas that humanitarians can reach, it is possible that Famine (IPC Phase 5) is ongoing in inaccessible areas, where conditions are likely at similar to or worse than those in accessible areas.

    • Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria has left more than 1.7 million people internally displaced in Nigeria and severely restricts food access and availability for many more. Government security forces in recent months have succeeded in regaining some territory in the northeast, including the Sambisa forest. However, ongoing insecurity continues to contribute to maintaining high levels of displacement and humanitarian needs, limiting household access to their typical livelihoods.

    • Across much of the rest of the country, average to above-average main season harvests are supporting national staple food availability and access. These harvests, which finish in January, are contributing to maintaining Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity in much of Nigeria. Depreciation of the Naira, however, continues to contribute to keeping staple food prices well above average.

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

    Get the latest food security updates in your inbox Sign up for emails

    The information provided on this Website is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

    Jump back to top