More Than Four Million People in Nigeria Face Food Crisis and Acute Hunger

Around 4.4 million people in northeastern Nigeria are likely to face a food crisis and acute hunger.

Hunger and poverty in northeastern Nigeria are rooted in a conflict. Maiduguri is the largest internal refugee camp in Borno State, Nigeria. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MAIDUGURI – Giant of Africa is the nickname for Nigeria. The country, located in the western part of Africa, has a large population and economic development.

In 2015, Nigeria took the 20th position as the country with the largest economic development in the world, overtaking South Africa. However, this prosperous condition did not completely free Nigeria from starving.

The issue of hunger has become a problem that until now is difficult to overcome. Quoted from Anadolu Agency, roughly 4.4 million people in northeastern Nigeria may face food shortages and acute hunger due to conflict and the displacement of farmers.

Esty Sutyoko, deputy head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Nigeria, said the loss of livelihoods from over a decade of violence and the COVID-19 pandemic could trigger food insecurity in the area.

About three million people have been displaced in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe. Borno Governor Babagana Zulum said the state government commenced reopening farmlands to farmers with security to prevent a looming food shortage.

"One of the ways to end this crisis is to return people to their ancestral homes, open farmlands and provide food security," he said Sunday during a visit to communities along the border with Niger.

The food crisis in Nigeria has also been a concern for Aksi Cepat Tanggap. In 2017, ACT's efforts were to distribute 800 food packages to the Nigerians in Fariya Camp. Around 3,600 families or 8,000 internally displaced persons live there. They came from five other cities in Borno, namely Mafa, Dikwa, Kala Balge, Marte, and Bama.

ACT team distributed Eight hundred food packages from Indonesian benefactors in less than half an hour. Due to security factors, the aid distribution in Maiduguri was carried out without taking a long time.[]