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UN-WFP introduces four-year humanitarian, devt strategy in Nigeria

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Mukaila Ola

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is set to introduced a new strategy aimed at increasing it’s humanitarian and development programmes in Nigeria.

The strategy, is to be implemented between 2019-2022 and captured under the a new Country Strategic Plan (CSP).

A statement issued on Thursday quoted the WFP Representative and Country Director in Nigeria, Ms. Myrta Kaulard, saying: “While we remain committed to the crisis response in the north east, this plan provides new and wider entry points for our assistance in Nigeria in the future.”

“We look forward to broadening engagement with the Nigerian authorities, the donors and the cooperating partners in order to restore livelihoods and boost resilience and together reduce the number of people depending on food assistance.”

She added that WFP will maintain its vital lifesaving assistance in Nigeria under the new strategic blueprint; however, it will also focus on self-reliance, resilience and peace building initiatives to enable access to food by all that will help achieve zero hunger. 

The statement revealed that the plan would also provide an opportunity for WFP to strengthen gender-transformative programming in Nigeria by empowering women and girls to face some of the challenges which affect their food security and hinder their participation in decision-making.

The statement said the “WFP worked closely with the Government of Nigeria, donor governments, civil society, private sector and other humanitarian agencies and development partners working in the country to develop the new framework.  It is in line with Nigeria’s National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and is also aligned with two of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG2 – Zero Hunger, which aims to eradicate hunger by 2030; and SDG17, which promotes both public and private partnerships.”

The statement noted that the WFP Executive Board had approved the Nigeria Country Strategic Plan, during its meeting in February in Rome.

It said: “Since 2016, WFP’s emergency operation in the North East of Nigeria, in cooperation with the Government authorities and partners, has made a significant impact on the lives of the conflict-affected persons. In 2018, WFP consistently addressed the immediate food needs of an average of 1.2 million vulnerable people through the lean season.”

It recognized the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Nigerian Humanitarian Fund, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States as partners and funding sources that have provided or pledged contributions to the CSP.

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