On Saturday the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced that the Government of Canada will be adding $6,825,000 to Chad and Niger's hunger crisis.
This donation is in addition to the nearly $1.95 million Canada has provided to the World Food Programme and Médecins sans frontières in Niger over the course of the past year. Funding in Chad, totaling $7.25 million, has been provided through World Food Programme, UNICEF, and several Canadian NGOs.
"Canada is responding to the critical food and nutrition needs of the hungry in Chad and Niger," said Minister Oda in a press release. "The situation in Chad and Niger is reaching a crisis level and the poorest in those countries are the most vulnerable. Addressing hunger in Africa and elsewhere is a top priority for our government.
Minister Oda stated that the funds will be provided by the Canadian International Development Agency in order to help more than 6 million people. This aid will help thousands of children under the age of five, their mothers and pregnant women.
The funding is not only to provide food but also to teach caregivers and local health and nutrition practitioners.