Fri 22 Mar 2013
Filed under: Aid,Health,International,News,United Nations
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said it has welcomed a contribution which more than doubles Japan’s support for its food assistance operations in Myanmar—from ¥ 814 million (US $10 million) last year to ¥ 2 billion (US$21 million) this year.
The donation was formally handed over on Friday in Naypyitaw by Japan’s Ambassador Mikio Numata, said a statement by WFP.
“This very generous contribution from Japan will have a major impact on our ability to ensure proper support to those most in need, here in Myanmar,” said WFP Country Director Carlos Veloso. “As Myanmar develops rapidly, there remain vital food needs, and WFP is well-placed to help ensure no one is left behind.”
Japan’s generosity will reportedly allow WFP to purchase enough food for 250,000 people for six months.
WFP said priority food assistance will be given to the victims of conflict and displacement in Rakhine and Kachin states, as well as programmes in Shan, Chin, Kayah and Kayin states.
Japan has this year now contributed more than $170 million to WFP operations globally, making it WFP’s second largest donor in 2013.
Japan’s contribution has almost halved the funds WFP requires for its work in Myanmar over the next 12 months, with a further $22 million now required.