- 1m Children’s lives saved from malnutrition
- 5 metric tons of Rice provided
- 30, 000 metric tons of Rice for distribution in 6 states
- $95m of local food purchased
- $212m transfer into economy for expenditure
The humanitarian programmes in the Northeast of Nigeria is huge but high momentum is still vital to sustain progress, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley has warned.
“We are seeing the power of humanitarian assistance,” said Beasley, following a trip to Maiduguri, Borno State hardest hit by the Boko Haram crisis.
“It has changed the lives of malnourished children whose mothers once worried about whether they would survive,” he said.
He however expressed concern over sustaining the tempo because the success is still fragile.
Beasley pointed out the June-September lean season which he said has worsened malnutrition in many places.
Also, the Insecurity, poor roads and a backup at Lagos port are thwarting WFP’s current ability to reach more remote areas and deliver imported specialized nutritional supplements to some of the children who need it.
Beasley warned of the broader impact of the crisis that goes beyond Nigeria and spreads across the four-nation Lake Chad Basin region that also includes Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
“This is a major crisis that needs a security, humanitarian and development component — these are key to resolving it in the short and long term,” he said.
“The international community cannot afford to ignore this problem, or it risks getting much worse”