Donors answer food aid appeal for Afghanistan

Rich governments contributed USD31 million to help 2.55 million hungry people in Afghanistan. “The US has confirmed (its) contribution of 30,000 metric tonnes (mt) of wheat worth USD19 million, Canada has confirmed USD10.1 million and Denmark has confirmed USD2 million,” disclosed World Food Program country representative Rick Corsino. The announcement came three weeks after the Afghan government and the United Nations made a Joint Appeal for The Humanitarian Consequences of the Rise in Food Prices, which requires USD80 million to support a five-month initiative ending in June 2008. The agency expects to gather another USD14 million in combined future donations from Australia, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund. (Source: Afghanistan: Donors pledge USD31 million in food aid/IRIN)

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