CCDRN CASE STORIES ON WFP INTERVENTION IN GUJBA, YOBE STATE
WFP has been providing lifesaving food and nutrition assistance to affected population monthly in Northeast Nigeria. Increasingly, these interventions have helped to reverse the lives of populations once on the brink, aiding them to gradually regain their livelihood and occupation.
In partnership with Centre for Community Development and Research Network, CCDRN, the World Food Programme has been implementing food and nutrition-sensitive initiatives to improve and firm up food security as well as nutritional diversity of vulnerable Yobe communities, IDPs and returnees affected by the Boko Haram conflict. The WFP food intervention in Gujba, Yobe state, currently via the Cash Based Transfer (CBT), an innovation that aids beneficiaries to receive cash by way of mobile money or E-vouchers to purchase food of their choice is reaching some 8,208 households with approximately 47, 480 individual beneficiaries and in the interim, 12,332 pregnant and lactating mothers including children under 5 years are benefiting from the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme. This is in addition to General Food Distribution Programme which earlier came in response to the food crisis occasioned by the insurgency.
Violence by Non State Armed group, the Boko Haram, in Nigeria’s northeast, amplified the food and nutrition insecurity of vulnerable Yobe communities already distraught by poverty and general lack of development. The conflict severely interrupted the lives and livelihood of substantial number of people. In Gujba LGA, just like many other locations in Northeast Nigeria, the ferocity of the violence triggered abysmal humanitarian crisis.
WFP plays a pivotal role in Nigeria as an important food and nutrition partner and, in close alliance with local partners like CCDRN; it has been working to advance food and nutrition security and supporting once vulnerable population to regain their sources of livelihood.
These case stories highlight lessons on how WFP intervention in Gujaba LGA, Yobe state, is changing lives and resolving obstinate complications of nutritional deficiencies and food insecurity. Mohammed Ali Goge 49, an IDP from Doksa in Borno state who now resides in Buni Gari, Gujba LGA and Falmata Modu 40, a mother of 7 who is a returnee from Katarko in Gujba LGA, individually recounts the devastating bearing of the Boko Haram violence on them, their sources of livelihood, families and communities vis-à-vis how WFP intervention provided them with a lifeline