A girl in an Action Against Hunger health centre in Nigeria.


After more than a decade of conflict, the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s northeast states remains one of the most serious in the world.

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.

This crisis is caused by lack of access to safe water and sanitation, a lack of access to food, the disruption of basic services due to conflict, and poor knowledge of healthy feeding practices for infants and young children.

Since 2012, northeast Nigeria has faced insecurity due to the conflict with the Boko Haram insurgent group. Across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, it’s estimated that more than one in two people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Reaching those in need of support can be extremely difficult for humanitarian organisations. However, Action Against Hunger continues to work in some of the most affected areas, working to ensure children and families touched by this conflict are receiving the lifesaving support they need.

Country facts

  • 195.9m

    Nigeria has a population of almost 200 million people.

  • 158

    Nigeria ranks 158 out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.

  • 43.9%

    More than 40% of Nigerian children under five suffer from malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Nigeria

We help fight the root causes of hunger in Nigeria by:

  • putting nutrition at the centre of our approach
  • supporting women and young children with health and nutrition programmes through reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services
  • water, sanitation and hygiene projects
  • nutrition programmes
  • providing cash assistance to people in Borno and Yobe states
  • meeting the urgent needs of newly displaced persons

Our response to coronavirus

Since the lifting of lockdown in Abuja, Borno, Kano and Jigiwa states, our teams have resumed their full-time work.

We’ve helped stop the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria by:

  • distributing PPE at all our facilities
  • monitoring food assistance for vulnerable communities who have lost income as a result of the pandemic
  • installing handwashing stations in key locations, such as airports and health facilities
  • carrying out awareness raising activities in vulnerable communities
  • distributing hygiene kits in camps for internally displaced persons
  • providing mental health support

Our reach

  • 2,073,747

    We reached more than 2 million people in Nigeria through our programmes in 2019.

  • 588

    We have 588 staff based in Abuja, Damaturu, Maidugui, Monguno, Dutse, Fune, Potiskum and Damasak.

  • 2010

    We've been working in Nigeria since 2010.

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