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UN allots $20m to tackle N’East food crisis

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By Abraham Adekunle

CERF and NHF are responding to the hunger level rise in Nigeria.

It is no news that the turn of the year and the new administration has caused a number of economic and survival issues in the country. One of them is the increase in food insecurity caused by heightened insecurity and hyperinflation due to the rising cost of production. The recent removal of subsidy also contributed into the rising cost of staple foods in the market across Nigeria. The result is that the poor get poorer and the purchasing power of naira reduces drastically. The multidimensionally poor will also find it difficult to buy food.

In April 2023, the United Nations World Food Programme (UN WFP) revealed that about one in eight Nigerians were facing acute hunger. This is estimated to be about 25 million people. In addition, the World Bank reported that at least 64 million Nigerians are at risk of emergency food and nutritional assistance because of the effects of hyperinflation, insecurity as well as climate change. It has also been reported that global hunger levels are rising and more than 200 million people went to bed hungry in 2022.

Efforts of UN is towards combating the global food problem.

To this end, the United Nations has allocated $20 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) to urgently intensify the humanitarian response to the worsening food security and nutrition crisis in North East Nigeria. A total of $9 million will come from CERF funding while the complementary $11 million will be from NHF allocation. These funds will go towards a coordinated multi-sectoral response aimed at preventing a deterioration to famine or famine-like conditions.

Specifically, the organization stated that almost 700,000 children under five are likely to suffer from life-threatening Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states in 2023. Compared to the previous years, the numbers are more than double the number of SAM cases in 2022 and four times the number of cases in 2021. In these states, more than half a million people are also projected to face emergency levels of food insecurity. According to the March 2023 Cadre Harmonise analysis, these people are one step away from famine, especially since the peak of the lean season (June to August) is near.

The organization explains the ratio of allocations to different fronts.

This is also the season that coincides with the rainy season, a time when cases of acute watery diarrhea, cholera, malaria and other diseases increase. It worsens the situation of these malnourished children. Mr. Matthias Schmale, the humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, warned that unless there is a rapid and significant scale up of humanitarian assistance, there will be extremely high rates of acute malnutrition and deaths. “Government, donors and the international community must make urgent funding available to protect the lives and future of vulnerable children in North-East Nigeria,” he said.

Meanwhile, the bulk of the CERF allocation will go to the World Food Programme for food security interventions (including food and voucher assistance) for 95,000 extremely food-insecure people in three garrison towns of Borno State. The UN Children’s Fund will get $2 million for the prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition. This includes providing ready-to-eat therapeutic food and Tom Brown solutions, a nutrient-rich locally produced supplementary food. Then, $1 million will go to the Food and Agriculture Organization for seeds, tools and other agricultural livelihood support to boost local production of nutritious foods to build resilience.

Other allocations of the NHF funds to other important issues.

On the other hand, $11 million of the NHF funding will be channeled towards improving access to clean water and sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition. This will include reactivating, sustaining and scaling up the bed capacity at stabilization centres and scaling up outpatient therapeutic feeding programs. The remaining funds will be used for healthcare (such as the integrated management of childhood illnesses and complicated SAM cases) and for protection services with a focus on gender-based violence, child protection and mine action. The NHF aims to allocate 50 percent of funding to eligible national partners on the frontlines.


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8 months ago

UN allots $20m to tackle N’East food crisisCERF and NHF are responding to the hunger level rise in Nigeria.  – Express your point of view.

Abusi
Abusi
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8 months ago

Hunger rise in North east needs to be tackled with as soon as possible. A lot of people in the North are really suffering. There is need for us to help them.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
8 months ago

The funding allocation to tackle the food crisis in Northeast Nigeria is a welcome development. It shows the commitment of the international community, Nigerian government, and humanitarian organizations in addressing the growing level of hunger and malnutrition in the region. It is hoped that this intervention will not only address the current emergency but create a sustainable pathway for economic growth and development in the region.

Haykaylyon26
Member
8 months ago

They have to respond to level of hunger in the country people are really suffering not be able to eat and not eating nourish food which will do good for the health they step is good for them to tackle hunger especially the northern parts

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
8 months ago

An encouraging development is the funding commitment made to address the food problem in Northeast Nigeria where people are not be able to get food this action will help in pave the way for long-term economic development in the area.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
8 months ago

People in the country are suffering from hunger and not being able to eat healthy foods that will strengthen their health, so they must take action, especially in the most affected areas of the country.

Christiana
Christiana
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8 months ago

Now the worsening food security and nutrition crisis in North East can be cushioned if not all at least partly with the direct intervention toward the cause.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
8 months ago

The response from the UN to tackle and eradicate food crisis in N’East in Nigeria is a good development. The development should look at the level of food hunger and availability good water to drink. And the organisation should also try to extend the programme to other region.

DimOla
DimOla
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8 months ago

The $20 million allocated by the United Nation from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) in responses to increasing acute hunger in the North East of Nigeria should be use for the said purpose and not diverted by the government.

SarahDiv
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8 months ago

I hope the $20 million allocated by the United Nation from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) to cater for those who are confronted with security challenges couple with the hyperinflation presently on going which has created multidimensionally poverty in the North Eastern part of Nigeria will be used for the said purpose.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
8 months ago

UN allots $20m to tackle N’East food crisis. This problem can only be serve by Nigeria government. After funding them what is the next step. Those people over there need education, skills acquisition, industry and many more