PYONGYANG – The Indian Ambassador to the Democatic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) His Excellency Pratap Singh travelled to the port of Nampo last week to welcome the off-loading of food supplies destined for hungry women and children via the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Earlier this year, the Government of India donated US$1 million to WFP’s operations in DPRK, a contribution which was used to purchase 900 metric tons of soya beans and 373 tons of wheat.
“I am very happy to see the safe arrival of this food in a country where it is needed so urgently,” Ambassador Singh said while in Nampo. “India is keen to ensure that our Asian neighbours in need receive the help they need in difficult times, and that is why we have stepped forward and offered this food assistance.”
The diet of the most vulnerable people in DPRK lacks protein. The soya bean is protein-rich and a base ingredient in WFP’s locally-produced blended foods, which are enriched with vitamins and minerals. The foods are distributed through institutions to children and their mothers under WFP’s current emergency operation, which aims to reach 3.5 million people.
Ambassador Singh witnessed the offloading from ship to port warehouses, and was briefed on how WFP monitors food movements to final distribution points in institutions across the country.
“WFP is enormously grateful to the government and people of India for this contribution which comes at a critical time for the people we are helping here in DPRK,” said WFP DPRK Country Director Claudia von Roehl.
WFP current emergency operation targets 3.5 million children, women and the elderly in DPRK. In addition, WFP is supplying targeted cereal rations to the elderly and school children between 7-10 years-old during the current lean season.
WFP has been working to alleviate hunger in DPRK since 1996.
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