The Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mark Green, has disclosed that Nigeria is among countries that will benefit from the US $550m humanitarian assistance to countries ravaged by food insecurity.
Mark announced ”more than $550 million in additional humanitarian assistance from the United States to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia – the so-called ‘our famines.”
Speaking in New York, he said the funding would provide lifesaving food and health care for vulnerable groups that have been affected by these crises.
He said: ”This funding brings our total contribution of humanitarian assistance to over $2.4 billion for these four crises since the beginning of this fiscal year.”
”Whether it’s responding to an earthquake, drought, or conflict, America is committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with people in their hour of need. It is who we are as Americans.”
The administrator said US would work to end the root causes of famine, conflict, and insecurity, and help to build resilient communities and families and governments, as well.
”At USAID, our teams around the clock work daily to promote human dignity and elevate the human condition.
”Our assistance is not a handout; it is a hand up, and over the long run we seek to help our partners by building in-country community capacity, to strengthen governance, and to mobilize domestic resources.
”Our message is clear: The United States stands ready to help those in need,” he said.