BEIJING – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a vital new US$5 million contribution from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide urgent food and nutrition assistance to internally displaced people in the Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic (C.A.R.).
More than 280,000 people in the two countries will benefit from China’s contribution, which will allow WFP to provide rice, pulses and oil, as well as distribute specialized nutritious food to prevent malnutrition among pregnant and nursing women and children under five.
“WFP is very grateful for this new contribution from China, which comes at a crucial moment with increased violence and mounting hunger in both countries,” said Sixi Qu, WFP China Representative. “WFP is scaling up its emergency food assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by disaster and conflict. One of the biggest challenges is ensuring that we have sufficient funds to continue to provide uninterrupted life-saving assistance.”
Of the US$5 million contribution, US$3 million will help assist 150,000 people – mostly women and children – in the conflict-affected Congolese departments of Pool and Bouenza. The remaining US$2 million will be allocated to the provinces of Haute-Kotto, Basse-Kotto, Mboumou and Haut-Mbomou in southeast C.A.R., supporting ongoing relief operations for some newly displaced 132,000 people.
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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.
To learn more about WFP in the Republic of the Congo: www.wfp.org/countries/congo
To learn more about WFP in C.A.R.: www.wfp.org/countries/central-african-republic
To learn more about China’s support for WFP: http://www.wfp.org/about/funding/governments/china
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