The grant is to ensure that more than 175 ,000 mothers and children under the age of five do not suffer from malnutrition during the 2017 “ lean ” season , a statement by the US Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria said .
According to the statement , the grant was meant to augment ongoing humanitarian efforts in Nigeria by the USAID ’ s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and Food for Peace .
In the statement , the Mission Director , USAID , Nigeria, Stephen Haykin, said , “ In response to the call by the WFP to meet a severe funding shortfall , USAID is pleased to play a part in making sure that the most vulnerable of those impacted by the Boko Haram conflict are taken care of .
“ This support will go to nine areas where the needs of mothers and their children are the greatest. The assistance will help WFP reach an additional 110 , 000 children under five and 65 , 000 pregnant and nursing mothers with specialised nutritious food commodities in nine local government areas in Borno State . ”
WFP had launched a Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme aimed at preventing further decline in nutritional status among children suffering from moderate and acute malnutrition .