As a result of insecurity and COVID-19, according to a verified joint report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FOA), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the United Nations Children and Education Funds (UNICEF), 12.1 million Nigerians will go hungry until December 2021.

According to the Cadre Harmonise report, about 19% of the families who will be affected by hunger will be from Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe States.

According to the report, the analysis involved 154,008,198 people, with 12,135,318 people in the participating 20 states plus the FCT currently experiencing food insecurity.

Hunger conditions in Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Edo, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Lagos, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were also investigated.

“An estimated 228 707 people are already in the emergence phase, where at least one out of every five households is either facing extreme food deficits, resulting in very high acute malnutrition or excessive mortality, or an extreme loss of assets relating to livelihoods, causing food consumption deficits in the short term, even with humanitarian aid.”

“At the peak of the 2022 lean season, between June and August, this number is expected to rise to 3.5 million, with the number of people in the Emergency phase expected to double to 459,847.”

“In addition, if access to life-saving and livelihood-support interventions is not sufficiently scaled up, 13 551 people are expected to experience catastrophe-like conditions in some of the most inaccessible localities,” the report stated.

“It costs only 5,000 Naira to prevent a child from becoming malnourished, while it costs 50,000 Naira to treat a malnourished child,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

“By improving the diets of women and young children, ensuring supplementation – including with Vitamin A and Iron Folic Acid – and expanding nutrition counseling services to caregivers, we can prevent malnutrition in children.”

“By doing so, we can alter the Cadre Harmonize analysis’ narrative and ensure that children survive and thrive.”