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8 January 2018

European Commission Provides Vital Support To WFP Humanitarian Effort In Northeast Nigeria

ABUJA –  In 2017, famine was averted in Northeast Nigeria. Through its civil protection and humanitarian arm, ECHO, the European Commission contributed significantly to this achievement by contributing a total of €20.3 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Of this sum, more than a third – €7.3 million – directly allowed the UN agency to save lives threatened by hunger.

Contributions to WFP
20 September 2017

US Donates Around US$100 Million For WFP Northeast Nigeria Emergency Response

ABUJA — The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a significant contribution of nearly US$100 million from the United States, which guarantees continued life-saving food assistance in northeast Nigeria through early 2018.

6 September 2017

WFP Chief Calls For Stepped-Up Efforts To Overcome Northeast Nigerian Crisis

ABUJA — After talks with top officials and people left destitute by the crisis in Northeast Nigeria, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley today hailed the massive and joint push by Nigerian authorities and humanitari-an workers to save lives, but warned the momentum must continue in the face of a complex and challenging emergency.

10 August 2017

Nigeria Channels Assistance To Troubled Northeast Through WFP

ABUJA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a donation of 5,000 metric tons of rice from the Government of Nigeria. This will help feed nearly half-a-million internally displaced people in the conflict-ravaged northeast of the country, where the threat of famine endures.

17 July 2017

Australia Contributes AUD$3 (US$2.2) Million To WFP’s Emergency Response In Northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of AUD$3 million (US$2.2 million) from the Government of Austral-ia that will provide food and nutritional assistance to tens of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria, where the Boko Haram insurgency and the current lean sea-son have intensified hunger.

8 July 2017

Statement From World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley On Life-Saving U.S. Donation To Fight Famines

I am most grateful for the strong support to fight famine that President Trump and the American people have just given the World Food Programme. And we are deeply thankful for the leadership of Chancellor Merkel as the G-20 host for putting Africa and the looming famines on the world’s agenda.

1 June 2017

Germany Contributes €25.5 Million To WFP’s Emergency Response In Lake Chad Basin

DAKAR – Germany has contributed €25.5 million (US$28.5 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist more than 710,000 hungry people in the four-nation Lake Chad Basin region that is battling a Boko Haram insurgency.

12 May 2017

China Donates US$ 5 Million To WFP’s Emergency Response In Northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA– The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US $5 million contribution from the Government of China to provide desperately-needed food assistance to tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Northeast Nigeria, where the threat of famine is real and growing.

28 April 2017

UN Food Agencies Warn Against Ignoring Famine Alarm

ROME – The leaders of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have called on the international community to urgently step up action to prevent further hunger deaths in four countries stalked by famine: northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

5 April 2017

Japan Donates US$3.5 million to WFP for Emergency Needs in Northeast Nigeria

ABUJA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US $3.5 million contribution from the Government of Japan to provide desperately needed food assistance to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Northeast Nigeria.

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