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France and WFP respond to the food and nutrition emergency in West and Central Africa

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France and WFP respond to the food and nutrition emergency in West and Central Africa

The economic impact of COVID has pushed more people to go hungry in a region already hit hard by conflict and climate effects

DAKAR, Senegal, October 22, 2021 / APO Group / –

As conflict and rising food prices continue to weaken the food security situation in the West and Central Africa region, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) welcomes ” a contribution of 8.4 million euros from France aimed at meeting the emergency food and nutritional needs of vulnerable populations. in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

The contribution will enable WFP to provide a country-specific response, including food distributions, nutritional support and school meals to 469,000 people affected by escalating conflict, climate change and rising food prices in the region.

“The economic impact of COVID has pushed more people to go hungry in a region already severely affected by conflict and climate effects,” said Chris Nikoi, WFP Regional Director for West Africa and the Center. “Every day more and more people are leaving their homes in search of safety and food. We thank France for having maintained and increased its support for the World Food Program in favor of the most vulnerable. “

France is a historic partner of WFP and its contributions have been steadily increasing since 2017 to meet the growing needs of the most vulnerable communities.

“This contribution from France is notably in line with its International Strategy for Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture (2019-2024), one of the 5 objectives which aims to strengthen actions to assist populations in vulnerable situation and improve their resilience. said Houcine Dahmane, regional cooperation advisor for West Africa at the French embassy in Burkina Faso.

Thanks to voluntary contributions from its donors, WFP was able to scale up its operations in 2020 and help 18.2 million people in the West and Central Africa region, a significant increase from the 10, 6 million reached in 2019. Based on this success, WFP plans to help up to 17.6 million people during this lean season, with particular attention to hard-to-reach areas, such as the center of Sahel and northern Nigeria.

WFP is also working to improve the accessibility and availability of nutritious food, both by providing assistance in crisis situations and by strengthening systems for longer-term solutions. In central Sahel, Chad and Nigeria, WFP plans to assist nearly 2.2 million young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women, with nutritional treatment and preventive interventions.

In a context of growing insecurity, WFP is particularly grateful for France’s support.

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