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Boko Haram and droughts exacerbate food needs

02 June 2016, 17:30Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has added Nigeria to the list of countries requiring outside help to feed their own populations.

This is an indication of the worsening crisis sparked by the Boko Haram terror.

In its report released on Thursday, FAO noted Nigeria, home to Africa's largest economy and population, needed external help due to large-scale internal displacement of people stemming from ongoing conflict in northern districts.

Also read: PHOTOS: Boko Haram members surrender in scores

The global organization pointed out this has led to increased number of refugees and food insecurity in neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

About 3,4 million people, mostly in the states of Borno and Yobe, are estimated to be in need of food assistance, FAO said. The states are worst affected by the Boko Haram sect.

Titled, Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report, the presentation bemoaned Drought linked to El Niño and civil conflict have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34.

The new edition adds Haiti, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea. 

- CAJ News


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