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Japan Contributes US$ 5 Million For Food Assistance In Rakhine State

YANGON - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$ 5 million from the Government of Japan in support of WFP’s work in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

“We are very grateful for the contribution from the Government of Japan and their continued support,” said Country Director and Resident Representative, Dom Scalpelli. “In a time of increased needs in Rakhine State, the Government of Japan has once again shown great generosity.”  This contribution will support food-insecure communities in the central and northern parts of Rakhine State, including people whose livelihoods have been disrupted by recent outbreaks of violence.

With this donation WFP will be able to provide food assistance to 291,000 vulnerable people from the various communities in the state. The funds will go towards relief assistance for internally displaced and other conflict-affected people and the treatment of malnourished women and young children, as well as nutritious snacks for children at school, and food rations for those working on community asset creation projects or participating in vocational skills training schemes.  

The Government of Japan remains the largest donor to WFP in Myanmar, having contributed a total of US$ 63.5 million to WFP’s current operation in the country. Despite this generous support, WFP currently requires more than US$ 37 million to meet food assistance needs across the country for the remainder of 2017.

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For more information please contact:
Arsen Sahakyan, WFP/Myanmar Tel. +95 9 450061242,