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Japan donates US$2 million towards resilience of conflict-affected Nigerians


News Reporter

ABUJA – Japan this week donated US$2 million in aid, meant to boost self-sustainability programmes and benefit more than 48,000 people in Nigeria.

The money, part of efforts by the World Food Program to build stability across communities in northeast Nigeria, will be channeled towards life-changing support to people and communities affected by economic insecurity in northeastern Nigeria.

The United Nations World Food Programme welcomed the contribution, which it said would help the tens of thousands of men and women rebuild their livelihoods. WFP said it would provide food purchased with these funds to people growing crops, raising livestock and rehabilitating assets that may have been damaged during conflict in the region.

“The government of Japan is committed to supporting Nigerian and international efforts to ensure that millions of people in need of food in northeast Nigeria do not go hungry. It’s expected that this funding will alleviate the suffering of people in the affected states,” said Japanese envoy to Nigeria, Shigeru Umetsu.

Japan’s support for livelihoods complements the WFP’s lifesaving efforts in Nigeria, where some 700,000 people are provided cash or food assistance every month, and more than 250,000 women and children receive supplementary nutritional support.

WFP Representative in Nigeria, Myrta Kaulard said: “This funding from the Government of Japan is most welcome at this time. In partnership with Japan, WFP can maintain its focus on protecting people and making them self-reliant again because ultimately, we want to stop these people from becoming dependent on food assistance.”

WFP expressed hope that other donors would follow suit and help it change the lives of thousands of crisis-affected people, thus bringing back stability to northeast Nigeria.

The organization said with the forth-coming June-July planting season in the West African country, it was vital that adequate funding was received for livelihood programmes, as that brought long-term benefits to development and peace initiatives in conflict-affected regions.

The United Nations World Food Programme – saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development, works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caug

ABUJA – Japan this week donated US$2 million in aid, meant to boost self-sustainability programmes and benefit more than 48,000 people in Nigeria.

The money, part of efforts by the World Food Program to build stability across communities in northeast Nigeria, will be channeled towards life-changing support to people and communities affected by economic insecurity in northeastern Nigeria.

The United Nations World Food Programme welcomed the contribution, which it said would help the tens of thousands of men and women rebuild their livelihoods. WFP said it would provide food purchased with these funds to people growing crops, raising livestock and rehabilitating assets that may have been damaged during conflict in the region.

“The government of Japan is committed to supporting Nigerian and international efforts to ensure that millions of people in need of food in northeast Nigeria do not go hungry. It’s expected that this funding will alleviate the suffering of people in the affected states,” said Japanese envoy to Nigeria, Shigeru Umetsu.

Japan’s support for livelihoods complements the WFP’s lifesaving efforts in Nigeria, where some 700,000 people are provided cash or food assistance every month, and more than 250,000 women and children receive supplementary nutritional support.

WFP Representative in Nigeria, Myrta Kaulard said: “This funding from the Government of Japan is most welcome at this time. In partnership with Japan, WFP can maintain its focus on protecting people and making them self-reliant again because ultimately, we want to stop these people from becoming dependent on food assistance.”

WFP expressed hope that other donors would follow suit and help it change the lives of thousands of crisis-affected people, thus bringing back stability to northeast Nigeria.

The organization said with the forth-coming June-July planting season in the West African country, it was vital that adequate funding was received for livelihood programmes, as that brought long-term benefits to development and peace initiatives in conflict-affected regions.

The United Nations World Food Programme – saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development, works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future.

Northeast Nigeria faces one of the world’s worst food security crises, with around 3.8 million people facing critical food insecurity and around 7.7 million in need of life saving humanitarian assistance this year.

Nearly 80 percent of Nigeria’s northern population works in the agriculture industry, but an upsurge in Boko Haram attacks and the displacement of nearly two million Nigerians have seen agricultural production plummet, causing a sharp rise in staple food prices.

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