Terror-stricken states to suffer food challenges
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has projected the states worst affected by the Boko Haram insurgency to suffer acute food insecurity in the first quarter of the year.
According to USAID’s Early Warning Network (FEWS NET), households in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States would continue to face such crisis at least through to March.
This is attributed to the effects of reduced market functioning, limited seasonal incomes and little to no harvests this year.
The US agency said in parts of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as well as some states that have been less affected by conflict, households were able to participate in the recent growing season, although at below-average levels.
“However, these households are still unable to meet their essential non-food needs without atypical coping and will face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity through March 2016,” the agency stated.
However, USAID pointed out that preparations for off-season cropping-vegetables, sugar cane, rice, and wheat-on major floodplains were underway in most areas.
During this year’s off-season, farmers are expected to increase production as the government is providing substantial assistance, such as credit and inputs,and water levels in local ponds and rivers were above average.
Harvests of these crops, beginning in April, will likely be above average in most areas, increasing income and food diversity, the organisation said.
– CAJ News
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