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WFP Welcomes Japan’s Generous Contribution To Fight Food Insecurity In Myanmar

NAY PYI TAW – WFP welcomed yesterday a contribution of JPY 300 million (US$ 2.8 million) made by the Government of Japan to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help reduce food insecurity and undernutrition and increase resilience among the most vulnerable communities in Myanmar.

This generous and timely contribution will support the recovery and treatment of malnourished children under the age of five, help people living with HIV and tuberculosis by meeting their basic nutrition needs, encourage children to complete their primary education by providing school meals, and assist the building and repair of community assets such as dams, fishing ponds or roads in the most vulnerable communities.

“We are very grateful to the Government of Japan, which remains our largest and most reliable funding partner in Myanmar,” said Naoe Yakiya, WFP Deputy Country Director. “In partnership with the Government of Myanmar, WFP will be able to continue its efforts to fight widespread food insecurity and malnutrition in five states across the country.”

At a ceremony in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, the donation was formally handed over to WFP by H.E. Tateshi Higuchi, Japan’s Ambassador to Myanmar in the presence of H.E. Lt Gen Ye Aung, Union Minister for Border Affairs representing the Government of Myanmar.

Japan’s contribution alone will allow WFP to procure some 1,900 metric tons of pulses, salt and oil to benefit more than 140,000 food-insecure people across Kachin, Magway, Mon, Sagaing and Shan. Likewise, specialized nutrient-dense food and nutritious biscuit snacks will help children increase their intake of vitamins and minerals, which are crucial to their healthy and continued growth.

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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. WFP in Myanmar requires US$ 26 million to meet all food and cash assistance needs through June 2017.

For more information please contact:
Arsen Sahakyan, WFP/Yangon, Tel. +959450061242,