By Halima Abdi
Published December 24, 2017
The Government of Canada has announced US$19.8 million in additional funding to address extreme levels of food insecurity in Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan and Uganda.
The aid, Canada says, shall ‘address the critical needs of millions of vulnerable people … suffering from a lack of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their daily needs due to severe drought and conflict’.
Canada–which in March 2017 announced close to US$120 million in humanitarian funding in response to severe food crises in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen and is reported to have donated more than US$21.3 million to registered Canadian charities in response to humanitarian crises, including an unprecedented famine, food insecurity and is conflict-induced displacements affecting over 55 million people across Africa between March 17 and June 30, 2017–says its funding is aimed at providing basic necessities, such as emergency food, potable water, adequate sanitation, health care, shelter and protection services to people in these seven countries.
Marc-André Blanchard, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, says Canada’s assistance will “will help save lives, alleviate suffering and bring relief to people who need urgent help.”