An estimated 900,000 people remain out of reach for humanitarians, but some areas became accessible in 2017.


3 million people do not have access to food in northeastern Nigeria. 


Conflict in Northeast Nigeria has caused a deepening humanitarian crisis, devastating civilians. 7.7 million need assistance and 1.6 million are internally displaced.

Many face hunger, and an estimated three million could suffer critical food insecurity during the next lean season. Children under five in Nigeria experience high malnutrition rates: 43.6% are stunted, 10.8% are wasted.

Civilians have limited access to assistance, and food remains a major need in displacement settlements. Prolonged absence of food security, livelihoods, healthcare, education, clean water, and sanitation and hygiene facilities exacerbate risks. Protection concerns include arbitrary detention, forced conscription, domestic violence, forced and early marriages, trafficking, and sexual exploitation and abuse.

An estimated 900,000 people remain out of reach for humanitarians, but some areas became accessible in 2017.


People we helped in 2017


In 2016 we scaled up our operations following the Borno state government’s declaration of a nutrition emergency. We opened a new office in Monguno to deliver immediate life-saving support. Working closely with partners, Action Against Hunger provided food to displaced people and host families, distributed much-needed sanitation and hygiene items, and organized blanket supplementary feeding programs for children under five and pregnant and lactating women.

In 2017, we prioritised aid for the most vulnerable, commencing operations in six areas within Yobe and Borno and expanding programs in Maiduguri and Monguno to assist newly displaced people and respond to a cholera outbreak.

Similarly, the Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria program to prevent and treat malnutrition was successfully concluded after six years. Through the primary health system, the project delivered nutrition-focused interventions to over two million children and caregivers.

Over the last few years, we doubled the volume of our operations in response to the food crisis, meeting the humanitarian needs of 2.1 million people with:

  • Health and nutrition programmes
  • Clean water and sanitation to reduce malnutrition and disease
  • Emergency cash transfers to help displaced people purchase food or meet other urgent needs



Famine looms in four countries
Famine looms in four countries

Children's lives at risk

Emergency in Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan

Photo credits: © Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger 

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