COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$2.2 million donation of white rice and beans from the Government of Brazil.
The contribution of 3,000 metric tons of rice and 800 tons of beans – the first from Brazil to WFP operations in Sri Lanka – will be used to help meet the food needs of resettled households in the north of the country.
The Brazilian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, H.E. Pedro Henrique Lopes Borio, formally handed over the contribution to Honourable Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa, at a ceremony in Colombo today. The Ministry of Economic Development is WFP’s implementing partner in Sri Lanka and key government counterpart.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, WFP’s Country Representative in Sri Lanka, Adnan Khan, said the donation came at an opportune time. “We must remember that, despite significant gains already made, many resettled groups in the north - such as the elderly, disabled, widows and households headed by women - still require assistance to help meet their food and nutritional needs.”
Khan said the contribution demonstrated Brazil’s commitment to supporting innovative efforts aimed at securing long-term food security.
In November last year, WFP launched its Centre of Excellence in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia. The Centre of Excellence was created to assist governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America by drawing upon the expertise of WFP and Brazil in the fight against hunger, while promoting and sharing sustainable school feeding models and other food and nutrition safety nets from across the world.
Brazil is one of WFP’s most important emerging donors, contributing over US$118 million to the WFP since 2007.