Japan donates $5 million to combat drought
The donation is for United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency operations in the region hit by drought, resulting in significant increases in acute food insecurity and malnutrition.
The contribution will allow WFP provide food assistance to more than 300 000 drought-affected people in the four countries worst affected by El Nino between September and November 2016.
Mozambique is to receive $2,7 million, Malawi $1,85 million, Lesotho $250 000 and Swaziland $200 000.
Chris Nikoi, Regional Director for Southern Africa, says WFP appreciates the contribution by the Japanese government at a moment when they urgently need to move huge amounts of relief assistance into drought-hit areas, especially those which will be cut off when the rainy season starts.
He adds nonetheless the drought emergency operation has only received 20 percent of the funding required to assist almost 12 million people across the region until next April.
The Government of Japan has been providing food support for communities in need in developing countries since 1968. During the past decade, Japan has contributed more than $166 million to WFP’s operations in Southern Africa.
– CAJ News
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