NEW DELHI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous donation of US$1 million from the Government of India for its operation to reach the most vulnerable children and their mothers in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
In an event organised at the Government of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Honourable Minister of State for External Affairs Mr. E. Ahmed handed over an official pledge letter to WFP India representative Mihoko Tamamura.
“We are delighted to accept this donation from the government on behalf of the people of India,” said Ms. Tamamura. “As the people of DPRK are coming to the end of one of the bitterest winters in living memory – this act of generosity is extremely timely.”
The donation from India is to be used to buy pulses, rich in protein, which is a key missing ingredient in the daily DPRK diet.
WFP currently provides specialised nutritious food to around 1.7 million children and their mothers every month in DPRK. The country has some of the highest chronic malnutrition rates in Asia and faces regular, significant food shortages.
WFP has been working in DPRK since the mid-1990s.
The government of India is a highly valued donor to WFP operations worldwide. It contributed about US$6 million for the Pakistan flood relief operation in 2010, as well as half a million metric tons of wheat since 2002, which has been converted into biscuits for about a million children in WFP’s Afghanistan school meals programme.
For further information:
Radhika Srivastava, WFP/New Delhi, Tel.(+91) 1146554000, Mob. (+91) 9871710646