Japan Makes Record Donation to WFP

    Thousands of children in Karamoja, Uganda, receive food aid from the World Food Program. The United Nations agency has received a record donation of USD196.6 million from Japan. Photo by: Marc Hofer / World Food Program

    The World Food Program has thanked Japan for its donation of USD196.6 million, the largest-ever single contribution received by the U.N. agency.

    As quoted by the U.N. News Center, Mohamed Saleheen, director of WFP’s Japan Relations Office, said Jan. 11: “We are extremely grateful for this substantial supplementary aid package and Japan’s continued commitment to promoting human security and peacebuilding. This is proof of Japan’s strong leadership in global food and nutrition security.”

    WFP intends to use the money to extend food and nutritional assistance to millions of needy people in 20 African and Asian countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger and Uganda.

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