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Japan supports WFP’s resilience building activities for Niger’s poorest populations

Niamey - The World Food Programme (WFP) in Niger welcomes a US$5.3 million contribution from the Government of Japan that underscores its ongoing commitment to help lift the most vulnerable Nigeriens out of poverty in a long-term, sustainable way.

“The much needed Japanese contribution will allow WFP to continue its resilience activities and maintain the results gained,” said WFP Niger Country Director Benoit Thiry.

The new funding not only aligns with Japan’s African development policy declared at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) VI but specifically with its priority of development cooperation in Niger that stresses food security, nutrition and better access to education.

“In collaboration with WFP, the Government of Japan strives to deliver support from people of Japan to the most vulnerable populations in Niger,” said Japan’s Ambassador to Niger, His Excellency, Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura.

Specifically, the latest Japanese contribution will help WFP reach nearly 140,000 women and men working in key activities such as rehabilitating degraded lands, water harvesting and small scale irrigation that will help communities build self-reliance and resilience. Japan’s support will also contribute to WFP’s school meal and nutrition programmes, also key elements of our integrated approach.

Overall, WFP plans to reach nearly 1.6 million people this year in Niger. By embedding resilience in myriad projects, and providing food assistance at the most difficult moments of the year, WFP aims to relieve human suffering more durably, allowing people to better rebuild after disasters.
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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact:
Tiphaine Walton/WFP/Niamey : / +227 92 19 16 81
Elizabeth Bryant/WFP/Dakar: 221 639 4271