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Japan supports WFP with $66M for emergency food assistance

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Japan has consistently been one of WFP’s top donors

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a total of $66 million in funding from the Government of Japan to provide emergency food assistance and livelihood support to vulnerable people in 26 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

$10 million will be allocated for life-saving food and nutrition assistance in Afghanistan, where food insecurity has rapidly deteriorated, driven by the triple-impact of the economic crisis, conflict, and drought.

In Myanmar, Japan will provide $4.6 million for emergency food and nutrition assistance to the most vulnerable populations in Rakhine, Kachin, Shan, Chin as well as peri-urban areas of Yangon, amid rising food insecurity due to the political crisis, conflict and poverty.

 Japan is supporting WFP to deliver vital food assistance to crisis-affected people in Iraq, including internally displaced persons and returnees by contributing $6.4 million. In Yemen, $4.6 million will be used to help WFP provide life-saving assistance to severely food-insecure households. 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and enhance response measures, Japan is contributing $5.6 million to WFP to build temperature sensitive logistics capacities and capabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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