YOKOHAMA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$114 million contribution from the government of Japan to provide urgently needed food and nutritional assistance to millions of the most vulnerable people including refugees, internally displaced people, malnourished children, pregnant and breastfeeding women in 21 countries. The donation will also support logistics operations in two countries.
“We deeply appreciate the continued support of the Government of Japan,” said Naoe Yakiya, Officer-in-Charge of WFP Japan Relations Office. “Japan has championed the fight against hunger and this significant contribution illustrates Japan’s leadership in promoting human security and peace building. Thanks to this contribution, WFP will be able to provide life-saving food assistance to millions of people affected by natural disasters and conflict as well as high food prices.”
In the Sahel region of West Africa, Japan’s timely donation will support WFP’s regional emergency response which aims to reach more than eight million hungry people who have been severely hit by recurrent drought. Urgently needed food such as rice and fortified food products will be delivered with Japan’s assistance.
In the Horn of Africa region, drought, conflict and high food prices are hampering people’s access to food. Japan’s contribution will help provide vital rations such as cereals, pulses, and maize.
WFP’s logistics operations will also benefit from the donation, including those in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the agency is responsible for running the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, which provides critical air transport and cargo services for the humanitarian community.
The breakdown of the contribution is as follows: Afghanistan (US$30 million), Tajikistan (US$1 million), Yemen (US$ 7.5 million), Cameroon (US$1 million), Central African Republic (US$1.5 million), Chad (US$3 million), Côte D’Ivoire (US$3.4 million), Guinea (US$2 million), Guinea-Bissau (US$1.4 million), Liberia (US$2.2 million), Niger (US$3 million), Madagascar (US$1.98), Zimbabwe (US$2.61 million), Republic of Congo (US$1.3 million), Democratic Republic of Congo (US$6 million), Djibouti (US$1.5 million), Ethiopia (US$10 million), Kenya (US$6.5 million), Uganda (US$5 million), Sudan (US$15.3 million), and South Sudan (US$7.4 million).
So far this year, Japan’s contribution to WFP has reached US$115 million, making it the second largest donor to WFP.