CERF provides $6 million to address food insecurity in Niger
30 November 2011: the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated $6 million to three United Nations agencies to jump-start emergency interventions to address food insecurity in Niger.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has been allocated more than $3.3 million to save lives, reduce malnutrition and protect the livelihoods of vulnerable people, while the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been provided $700,000 towards emergency assistance for vulnerable herders. An allocation of more than $1.9 million has been given to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to ensure adequate care for excess caseloads of severe acute malnutrition among children aged 6 to 59 months.
CERF funds will be used for cash transfer and food distribution for the most vulnerable populations. Funds will enable UN partners to purchase nutritional supplements to feed children under-five suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Animal feed will also be procured to save livestock, which is currently the main source of income for more than half of the population in Niger.
Through CERF supported interventions in Niger, more than 300,000 people in the country will benefit from United Nations activities supported by the CERF.