PARIS – A ship chartered by France, transporting 381 metric tons of food for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) operations in the Horn of Africa, is scheduled to depart tomorrow from the port of Toulon, France for Djibouti, which it should reach in around 12 days.
Most of this food (315 metric tons) is a French in-kind contribution that will help WFP to feed 22,600 people for one month. It consists of wheat flour, sugar, rice and vegetable oil and is intended for distribution in Somalia, where WFP is providing vital food assistance to people affected by the drought and famine.
The food has been donated by the French agro-industrial sector, the French sugar industry, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region and Afrik Terre 2 Kultur, a local citizens group from Villiers-sur-Marne.
The ship will also carry 66 metric tons of rice – a contribution from the French Red Cross to WFP operations in Djibouti, where WFP assists 109,000 people, including 16,000 refugees.
On 30 August, France also announced an €8.5 million donation to WFP to cover the needs of the most vulnerable people and Somali refugees in Ethiopia and Kenya. This contribution comes in addition to the €1.4 million already allocated in July by France for our programmes in the Horn of Africa.
WFP welcomes these donations and would like to thank France and the French Red Cross for their generosity and their support. These donations will enable WFP to provide vital food to the people most-affected by the devastating drought in the Horn of Africa.