European Union Ups Food Aid for Niger

Nigeriens receive Plumpy'Doz for malnourished children. The European Commission will give 14.9 million euros as food aid for Niger. Photo by: Jan Eijkenaar / ECHO

The European Commission will provide 14.9 million euros (USD19 million) to help mitigate the worsening food crisis in Niger. The aid comes on top of the 25 million euros that the commission has allocated for the country since the beginning of 2010.

The additional money is complementary to the commission’s earlier request to draw an extra 30 million euros to support efforts in alleviating the effects of the ongoing food crisis in Africa’s Sahel region.

The decision to disburse the funds also follows the commission’s recent proposal to resume the European Union’s 458 milllion aid program for Niger from 2008 to 2013.

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