Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, with more than 205 million inhabitants. Although it is oil-rich, health indicators are poor and a deepening food crisis in the country’s northeast is now Africa’s largest humanitarian emergency, with more than 7 million people in need of lifesaving assistance and nearly 2 million displaced inside the country.
Food insecurity is widespread, with an estimated 5 million people unsure where their next meal is coming from, and tens of thousands of people are expected to face famine-like conditions. We are responding to emergency needs in Borno State—the epicenter of the crisis—as well as Kano State, further west. We have worked in Nigeria since 2013 and currently have teams in Kano and Borno states delivering programs focused on health, nutrition, water and sanitation, gender-based violence prevention and response, and food security.