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Food insecurity reaches extreme level in pockets of Nigeria’s Borno State

The Nigerian Minister of Health has declared a “nutrition emergency” in Borno State, and information from recent rapid assessments, although limited and not statistically representative, also raises the possibility that a Famine (Cadre Harmonisé/Integrated Food Security Phase Classification - CH/IPC Phase 5) could be occurring in the worst affected and less accessible pockets of the state. Some improvements in humanitarian access have occurred in recent weeks and assistance provided by the Government of Nigeria and other partners has partially mitigated the severity of food insecurity in some areas. However, in order to prevent significant loss of life, further improvements in humanitarian access and a sharp increase in the provision of emergency assistance are urgently needed. Collection of food security, nutrition, and mortality data should also continue to allow for a better understanding of the severity and extent of the current emergency.

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Crédits: AK-Project