WFP-Nigeria country strategic plan (2023–2027)

Executive Summary

Nigeria is still to match the ambition of its commitments despite measurable progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Even though Nigeria graduated to lower-middle-income status in 2014, its immense human development potential remains unfulfilled, and its most vulnerable people continue to suffer critical levels of food insecurity and malnutrition, driven by persistent conflict, organized violence, recurrent climate shocks and broad exposure to the impact of climate change.
Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country has the world’s fifth-highest burden of people experiencing food crisis or worse, exceeded only by Yemen, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With at least 19.5 million people in need of urgent assistance in 2022 and some communities in the conflict-affected northeast projected to slide into catastrophic levels of food insecurity, targeted humanitarian action is urgently needed to save lives and livelihoods, requiring not only emergency responses but also anticipatory action.
Nigeria’s abundant natural resources and untapped human capital indicate the potential to achieve zero hunger, but one in three households cannot afford a nutritious diet and more than 100 million people report at least moderate food insecurity. The severity and magnitude of the regionalized crises have been compounded by the global food supply crisis, constraining Nigeria’s economic recovery from the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. WFP plans to expand its humanitarian operations in northeastern and northwestern Nigeria and among Cameroonian refugees in border state