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In pictures: Food crisis in northern Nigeria

As the gates open at a feeding centre in Kano, northern Nigeria, the poor outside flood in to the compound of a wealthy donor.

The owner of this house, a senator in the National Assembly, gives out two meals every day to the destitute who wait at his gate begging for help.

In recent weeks the numbers of people asking for help have swollen.

More people are coming into Kano from the country - stretching the city known as the “elephant’s belly” to its capacity.

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