NAYPYIDAW – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution which more than doubles Japan’s support for its food assistance operations in Myanmar - from JPY 814 million (US$10 million) last year to JPY 2 billion (US$21 million) this year.
The donation was formally handed over today in Naypyidaw by Japan’s Ambassador to Myanmar, His Excellency Mr. Mikio Numata.
“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 allow WFP to purchase enough food for 250,000 people for six months. Most food commodities for WFP’s Myanmar operations are purchased in-country.
Priority operations will include food assistance to the victims of conflict and displacement in Rakhine and Kachin, as well as programmes in Shan, Chin, Kayah and Kayin states.
Japan has this year now contributed more than US$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 US$22 million now required.
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