Doha: Qatar pledged $91 million to Niger's famine-hit zones as part of a $370 million fund raised by international donors at a conference here yesterday.
The total amount of the pledges exceeded by $70 million (about Dh257 million) the targeted amount of $300 million (about Dh1.1 billion) set by the conference's organisers, said Mohammad Al Rumaihi, assistant foreign minister for follow up.
"The total amount donated by countries and institutions at the International Donors Conference on Consolidating Niger's Food self-sufficiency is $370 million (about Dh1.3 billion)," Al Rumaihi said in a press conference.
"Qatar has donated $91 million (about Dh334 million) for the next four years," he added. According to a statement issued by Qatar News Agency, Qatar's grant includes a governmental donation and the contributions of charitable authorities and bodies and was issued at the directives of the Emir Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani.
The two day conference initiated by the Organisation of Islamic Countries and the Government of Niger aimed at mobilising additional resources in order to prevent and manage food shortages and to tackle the structural causes of the food insecurity in the African country.
The Conference OIC Assistant Secretary General, Atta Al Manan Bakhit, said the pledges made by other countries and organisations taking part in the event would have been announced later yesterday.