Thousands of people in the West African country, including refugees from neighbouring countries, struggle to get enough food.
Nigeria is Africa’s wealthiest, most populous nation and has a fast-growing economy. Despite this, more than half of the country lives below the poverty line and northern Nigeria suffers with widespread child undernutrition. In 2020, 7.9 million people were in need of humanitarian aid.
This crisis is caused by lack of access to food, safe water and sanitation, the disruption of basic services due to conflict and poor knowledge of healthy feeding practices for young children.
Reaching many in need of support can be extremely difficult for humanitarian organisations because they live in areas controlled by armed groups. Since 2012, northeast Nigeria has faced insecurity due to the conflict with the Boko Haram insurgent group.
However, Action Against Hunger continues to operate in some of the most affected areas – working to ensure children and families touched by this conflict are receiving the lifesaving support they need.