EU Contributes $5.35Mln to UN Program of Fighting Hunger in Chad

© AFP 2022 / KARIM SAHIBChildren eat at an orphanage serving as the temporary home of 103 chidren at the centre of an "abduction" row in Abeche (File)
Children eat at an orphanage serving as the temporary home of 103 chidren at the centre of an abduction row in Abeche (File) - Sputnik International
According to the World Food Program, European Union has contributed 5 million euros ($5.35 million) to UN agencies to help them reach a goal of eradicating malnutrition in Chad in cooperation with the Chad government, through working on a project of locally producing fortified complementary food for children.

Children pump water to drink from a well in the courtyard of a walk-in feeding center in Dibinindji, a desert village in the Sahel belt of Chad, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The European Union has contributed 5 million euros ($5.35 million) to UN agencies to help them reach a goal of eradicating malnutrition in Chad in cooperation with the Chad government, through working on a project of locally producing fortified complementary food for children, the World Food Program (WFP) said Thursday.

"Thanks to the EU’s contribution of €5 million (3,28 billion CFA Francs) the participating UN agencies are on the path to reaching Sustainable Development Goal 2 – to achieve zero hunger by 2030," WFP Chad Country Director Mary-Ellen McGroarty was quoted as saying in a WFP statement.

Chad is a country that has been suffering from a chronic problem of malnutrition, where the levels of malnutrition have reached and sometimes exceeded the World Health Organization's emergency threshold of 30 percent, despite being capable from an ecological stand point of producing local agricultural products.

The UN's Local production of complementary fortified food project will help in the process of producing local good quality food and will strengthen production capacities and the marketing of fortified products.

Chronic malnutrition can have irreversible consequences on the physical and mental health of children that might continue all the way till adulthood and thus affecting their productivity.

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