The Canadian government has pledged to support Nigeria’s north east, homeland of Boko Haram insurgency, with $26.95m to tackled ongoing food, malnutrition and associated health crisis in the region this year.
Canada is also providing $5.5 million to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to help conflict and pandemic-affected households in the north-east regain and strengthen their livelihoods. This funding aims to help restore the self-sufficiency and resilience of affected communities, with a focus on women’s empowerment.
Last year alone, Canada provided over $123 million in international assistance to Nigeria, making it the 6th largest recipient of Canada’s international assistance worldwide. A statement by Demilade Kosemani of the Public Affairs department, High Commission of Canada in Nigeria said the support is being provided through experienced humanitarian partners, including UN agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organizations. Kosemani adds that the assistance is in line with commitments made under the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Crises Compact, which notes north-east Nigeria as being at immediate risk of famine.
The decade-long conflict in north-east Nigeria has led to one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, with 8.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2021. An alarming 4.4 million people are expected to need food assistance during the current lean season. This includes an estimated 775,000 people facing emergency levels of food insecurity, with an elevated risk of famine in areas that are cut-off from assistance due to high levels of insecurity and targeted attacks on humanitarian workers. Vanguard