The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) welcomes a contribution of US $ 6.5 million from the Japanese government. This contribution comes at the right time at the start of the lean season, when more than 7.2 million people in South Sudan are expected to face severe food shortages.
This latest contribution consists of US $ 4.5 million for life-saving food assistance to severely food insecure people and US $ 2 million to restore livelihoods and build resilience.
WFP will use this contribution to support 115,000 people in Jonglei, Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Lakes states, where food insecurity has reached catastrophic levels due to continued violence, two years of excessive flooding, displacement and loss of livelihoods, livestock and infrastructure. and homes that have left millions of people very vulnerable and unable to support themselves.
“We sincerely hope that the grant from Japan will help save the population from food insecurity accelerated by natural disasters, community violence and displacement and bring these suffering people back to a normal living environment, a prerequisite to pave the way. nation-building and economic development. in South Sudan, ”said HE Tsutsumi Naohiro, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of South Sudan.
The contribution will also support WFP’s livelihoods and resilience-building programs, which include the creation of community assets such as access roads and multipurpose water points. These community assets aim to improve families’ access to local markets to sell their products and buy food and other essentials, as well as their access to clean water.
“We are grateful to Japan for this timely contribution at a time when food needs are greatest but funding for humanitarian assistance is dwindling due to the economic impact of COVID-19. This noble gesture demonstrates the commitment of the Japanese government to alleviating suffering and contributing to peace in South Sudan, ”said Matthew Hollingworth, WFP Country Director in South Sudan. “It’s a tremendous boost to save lives and change lives.”
The Japanese government has funded food aid to developing countries since 1968. Japan has supported WFP’s work in South Sudan since 2013, contributing more than $ 35 million.
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