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France earmarks €7m for North East

Ambassador of France to Nigeria Emmanuelle Blatmann interacting with some mothers of malnourished children at Muna IDP Camp clinic in Borno state. Photo:Dauda Iliya/Radio Nigeria

The Government of France has earmarked six point nine million Euros to tackle malnutrition and food insecurity in the North East.

France Ambassador to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann made this known to newsmen shortly after assessing Muna IDP Camp clinic in Jere Local government area of Borno State. 

The Ambassador said her visit to Borno state was to assess the intervention by the French government through the World Food Programmed in areas of severe acute malnutrition and food shortage in the state. 

Ambassador Blatmann said France had financed twenty-eight projects worth twenty-one million euros to address humanitarian needs, food security and health with over one million people reached in the last three years across the region. 

She stressed the need to tackle multiple drivers of conflict such as hunger, insecurity and climate change, noting that France will continue to invest in the region to better the lives of vulnerable people. 

The Envoy pointed out that following the escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, France World Food Programme and other partners set up an initiative to mitigate the impact of the crisis with regards to access to food among vulnerable and displaced people in Borno state. 

Ambassador Emmanuelle Blatmann announced that France in the first part of 2023 has front-loaded three million euros to WFP to address cases of hunger and malnutrition in the region. 

Country Director World Food Programmed David Stevenson said the organization will support 2.1 million people under the humanitarian response plan. 

Cross section of nursing mothers attending a clinic at Muna IDP Camp. Photo:Dauda Iliya/Radio Nigeria

Reporting by Dauda Iliya; Editing by Fany Olumoye and Annabel Nwachukwu