WFP welcomes $66 million from Japan for emergency food aid

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Program has received total funding of $66 million from the Japanese government to provide emergency food aid and livelihood support to vulnerable people in 26 countries in Asia, Middle East and Africa.

$10 million will be allocated for life-saving food and nutrition assistance in Afghanistan, where food insecurity has rapidly deteriorated under the triple impact of economic crisis, conflict and drought.

In Myanmar, Japan will provide $4.6 million for emergency food and nutrition assistance to the most vulnerable populations in Rakhine, Kachin, Shan, Chin as well as peri-urban areas of Yangon, amid growing food insecurity due to political crisis, conflict and poverty.

Japan is helping WFP provide lifesaving food aid to people affected by the crisis in Iraq, including internally displaced people and returnees, with a donation of $6.4 million. In Yemen, US$4.6 million will be used to help WFP provide life-saving assistance to severely food-insecure households.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and strengthen response measures, Japan is contributing $5.6 million to WFP to build temperature-sensitive logistics capacities and capabilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The Japanese government’s contribution will allow us to save and change the lives of millions of vulnerable and hungry people who are struggling,” said Naoe Yakiya, director of the Japan Relations Office. “We are grateful for the critical support that comes at a time when our emergency food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance is needed more than ever due to conflict, climate change and the impact socioeconomics of COVID-19.

Japan has always been one of WFP’s main donors. The countries and regions benefiting from this year’s additional funding of US$66 million are: Afghanistan, Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eswatini, Ethiopia , Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Tajikistan, Uganda, Yemen.

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