The government of Ethiopia and the government of Niger, along with the UN and its partners, have released the humanitarian response plan for 2020, a UN spokesperson said Wednesday.

For Ethiopia, the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan seeks 1 billion U.S. dollars to reach 7 million people with food and non-food assistance, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. “Of these, 81 percent are women and children.”

He added that food insecurity and displacement as a result of conflict, disease outbreak, and climate-related factors, including drought and floods, remain key drivers of humanitarian needs in Ethiopia.

For this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan and the Government Support Plan for Niger, Dujarric said the UN Plan seeks 400 million dollars while the government plan seeks 320 million dollars. The two plans combined will help 2 million of the most vulnerable.

He said Niger continues to face constant population displacement due to increased activities by non-state armed groups in the Tillaberi and Tahoua regions in the west and the Diffa region in the southeast while food insecurity and malnutrition threaten millions of people across the country. Enditem

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