Canadian government commits $26.95m to humanitarian crises in Nigeria
$5.5m to UN food, agriculture organisation
The Canadian government, yesterday, disclosed that it had approved the sum of $26.95 million in its new humanitarian assistance funding to help meet the basic needs of conflict-affected populations in North East.
The acting High Commissioner of Canada in Nigeria, Mr. Nicolas Simard, who disclosed this in Abuja, maintained that the Canadian government is also providing $5.5 million to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation to help conflict and pandemic-affected households regain and strengthen their livelihoods.
According to Simard, the funding aims to help restore the self-sufficiency and resilience of affected communities, with a focus on women empowerment.
He said that the funding would help provide food assistance, treatment for acute malnutrition and other critical health care, safe water and sanitation, and protection services.
He said: “Canada’s support is being provided through experienced humanitarian partners, including UN agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organisations.
“This assistance is in line with commitments made under the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Crises Compact, which notes North-East Nigeria as being at immediate risk of famine.
“Canada’s funding is focused on supporting gender-responsive humanitarian action, recognising that women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected by the ongoing conflict.”
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