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Martin Penner, a former journalist, has worked for WFP since 2008.
With winter quickly approaching in Tajikistan, WFP has welcomed the arrival of 1,114 metric tons of wheat flour purchased through a generous donation from the Government of Japan for vulnerable people in Tajikistan.
DUSHANBE – Thanks to Japan, WFP can make good progress in achieving food security for Tajikistan's hungry poor, senior WFP official Alzira Ferreira said during a ceremony marking the arrival of the wheat flour from Japan.
The flour, which is being stored in the WFP warehouse in Dushanbe, is the final instalment of food in Japan’s US $4.7 million donation to WFP.
“WFP cannot thank the Government and people of Japan enough for this solid and consistent support,” said Alzira Ferreira of WFP. “Thanks to Japan, we can make good progress in achieving food security for all, in accordance with the Government of Tajikistan’s food security policy of 2009.”
At the end of November, WFP and officials of the Japanese Government signed a Grant Agreement for a new donation of 300,000,000 Japanese yen (US $3.3 million).
Ms. Ferreira emphasized that 2009 has been a record year for Japan’s support to WFP – its global contribution of US$196 million makes it the third-largest donor country to the organization. In Tajikistan, Japan is the second-largest donor to WFP in Tajikistan.
The warehouse ceremony was attended by a delegation of senior Japanese officials based in Tajikistan, led by Yoshihiro Nakayama, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Japan, and Kaiho Seiji, the Resident Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Gulchehra Bozorova, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, and Malika Kurbanova, Second Secretary of the Department of UN and International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.
The officials were greeted by WFP staff with the traditional Tajik welcome of flat bread, salt and honey. The bread was baked with a small quantity of the wheat flour donated by Japan.
Nutrition and stability
“We are fully committed to supporting human security in Tajikistan,” said Mr. Nakayama. “We know that this assistance will promote nutrition, education, improved rural infrastructure and household stability in this important country in central Asia.”
Ms. Ferreira underlined the excellent partnership between WFP and the Government of Tajikistan as the cornerstone for WFP’s programmes in Tajikistan, which include food for victims of natural disasters, children in primary schools, tuberculosis patients undergoing medical treatment and their families, destitute rural families in the hard times of the year, and malnourished children and their mothers.