The European Union has contributed €3.2 million (US$3.5m) to help provide lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by hunger and violence in Niger. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed this contribution of European Union.
EU funding enabled WFP to reach refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict-affected regions of Maradi, Diffa, Tahoua and Tillaberi with food assistance. Humanitarian agencies and the government are scaling up emergency response in these regions, where tens of thousands of people have sought refuge and support after fleeing violence instigated by non-state armed groups operating on Niger’s border with Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso.
WFP Representative and Country Director in Niger, Sory Ouane said, “The new EU contribution was particularly timely and helpful because we needed to act early to save lives threatened by conflict and ensuing hunger in Niger. This contribution also supported our work with the government, aiming to strengthen national capacity in emergency response, monitoring and evaluation of food security challenges.”
WFP provides food assistance to nearly one million people in Niger. During the 2019 hunger season – when food stocks are low or depleted pending the next harvest – WFP supported over 273,000 people, contributing to the government’s lean season response plan in collaboration with partner organizations.
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