Tens Of Thousands In Lake Chad Region To Benefit From Increased EU Contribution
The World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a one-million euro contribution from the European Union through the Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace. This contribution takes the EU’s financial support to WFP in the Lake Chad region to 4,5 million euros. It will allow WFP to provide more than emergency relief for 12,500 families, comprised of 62,500 very vulnerable people in the west of the Sahelian belt.
The region has been suffering dramatically from insecurity. Massive population displacement has contributed to a deterioration of the food and nutritional situation. Malnutrition rates are near the emergency threshold. Displaced people and host communities have seen their livelihoods directly affected by the crisis, with reduced cross-border trade and very limited agricultural and fishing activities.
“This important contribution from one of our main donors is based on two principles: the liking of food assistance to the creation of assets and the direct involvement of beneficiaries from the start. Consultations and dialogue allow the most vulnerable families to indicate what support they need most,” said WFP Country Director for Chad Mary-Ellen McGroarty. “This long-term approach, which goes beyond emergency assistance, brings us closer to achieving Zero Hunger.”