Japan provides US$100 million to support the most vulnerable in 27 countries

YOKOHAMA The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a total of US$100 million in funding from the Government of Japan to provide vital food nutrition and livelihoods support in 27 countries across the Middle East Africa and Asia.

Of the total contribution US$18.2 million will be used to continue providing life saving assistance to the most vulnerable in Yemen where over 20 million people some 70 percent of the population are facing food insecurity because of conflict.

Japan continues to support much needed assistance for those who are food insecure in Syria and for Syrian refugees who have fled fighting in their home country. A total of US$4.8 million will be allocated to WFPs operations in Syria Turkey and Jordan.

WFPs nutrition programmes in African countries including Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone will also benefit from Japans support as will food assistance programmes to alleviate the impact of climate shocks in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

Japan is providing US$1.3 million to assist food insecure and conflict affected communities in Myanmar as well US$0.6 million to help food insecure Bangladeshis in Coxs Bazar district who have been affected by the large influx of refugees into their community.

Were grateful for the generous support of the Government and people of Japan which enables us to assist so many vulnerable people said Naoe Yakiya Director of WFP Japan Office. Japan has proved itself to be a great partner in helping us provide nutritional assistance and promote human capital in those parts of the world where need is greatest.

Japan is one of WFPs top donors and has contributed US$973 million since 2015. The countries which will benefit from Japans just announced US$100 million contribution are:

Afghanistan Bangladesh Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Democratic Republic of the Congo Eswatini Ethiopia Guinea Guinea Bissau Iraq Jordan Libya Mauritania Myanmar Namibia Rwanda Sierra Leone Somalia South Sudan Sudan Syria Turkey Yemen and Zimbabwe.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the worlds largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict disasters and the impact of climate change.

Source: World Food Programme

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