U.S. donates another $7 million in food aid to Niger
The U.S. Agency for International Development said it will provide about $7 million in additional emergency food aid to fight starvation in Niger.
This will raise the total amount of U.S. support to Niger this year to about $13 million, USAID said.
According to the agency, the new emergency assistance includes 4,320 metric tons of food from USAID’s Food for Peace program, valued at $2.9 million. This food package comprises 2,000 metric tons of sorghum, 210 metric tons of lentils, 700 metric tons of yellow split peas, 600 metric tons of rice and 810 metric tons of vegetable oil.
USAID said about 1,600 metric tons of the food will be shipped to neighboring countries and sent to Niger within days of its arrival. The rest will follow shortly from ports in the United States, the agency said.