UN Appeals for $107mln to tackle Food Security in Tigray Region

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has urgently appealed for US$107 million for its emergency response in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region.

The fund will be used to buy and deliver food for 1 million people and provide specialized nutrition support for 875,000 children and pregnant or nursing mothers after months of insecurity, the UN agency said on Friday.

WFP’s response was requested by the Government of Ethiopia and includes logistical support to both the Government and humanitarian partners to deliver humanitarian assistance in Tigray, especially in rural areas.

“Three million people in the region are in urgent need of food assistance,” said Steven Were Omamo, WFP Representative and Country Director in Ethiopia.

“For WFP to contribute to meeting their needs, funds are needed now, so that life-saving food and nutrition support can urgently reach the most vulnerable people,” he added

The Food Cluster, co-led by WFP, estimates that 3 million people need emergency food assistance and these needs are expected to persist at least until late this year, according the UN agency.