Food Security Sector Mid-Year Review - January to June 2018

Post date Wednesday, 8 August, 2018 - 11:30
Document Type Periodic Monitoring Report, Monitoring Report, Outcome Monitoring, Map, 3/4W, Infographic
Content Themes Agriculture, Food Assistance, Food Security
Sources FAO, Food Security Sector, WFP

The number of people facing acute food insecurity in the north-east three states has significantly reduced over the past year from 5.2 million (June to August 2017) to 3 million due to the delivery of food aid and livelihoods support; the improved security conditions which allowed for farming and market activities in some locations; and favourable climatic conditions for farming. Previously hard-to-reach populations are supported with necessary emergency food assistance. Nevertheless, the food security and nutrition situation remains extremely fragile across the north-east, particularly given the high level of reliance on humanitarian assistance, the lack of safe access to land, and limited access to livelihood productive assets or economic opportunities, especially for women and youth.

As of 30 June, out of the total sector’s funding requirement for the 2018 HRP ($435 million), $198 million (46%) have been received according to the Financial Tracking Service. It is crucial that additional funding is urgently received to sustain the life-saving food assistance targeting the most vulnerable through the most appropriate modalities, and complement it with increasing agriculture and livelihood activities to prevent further deterioration of the food security level during the lean season. Interventions that facilitate agricultural productivity enhancement, improve safe access to farmland and income-generating activities are critical in order to promote self-reliance.

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