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Japan donates US$10 million in aid to Yemen

Japan donates US$10 million in aid to Yemen

[10/March/2014]

br>SANA’A, March 10 (Saba)- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has expressed its gratitude to the Government of Japan for its latest donation of US$10 million, which will be used to provide food assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs) and food-insecure host communities, as well as supporting girls’ education in conflict-affected areas of Yemen.

“Once again, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the consistent and generous support from Japan,” said WFP Yemen Country Director Bishow Parajuli. “This latest contribution comes on top of the US$29 million we received from Japan during 2013.”

The donation to WFP is part of an overall US$30 million Japanese contribution to the UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen, valued at US$592 million for 2014. Of this, 40 percent is required to address the needs of food security and agriculture.

Some US$8.6 million of Japan’s donation will be used to provide food assistance to vulnerable communities in areas of displacement over the next four months, while the remaining US$1.4 million will assist girls attending school in the same areas with take-home rations under WFP’s new two-year plan in Yemen that begins in July.

This new WFP plan will support a gradual shift from relief assistance to promoting recovery and building resilience and livelihoods among vulnerable and food-insecure people in the country.

WFP’s operation in Yemen, which aims to provide assistance to some 6 million people, covers a range of interventions including food and cash distributions, food or cash for work and assets, treatment and prevention of acute and chronic malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, and meals and take-home rations for children regularly attending school.

Parajuli said funding is key to the success of the operation. Between July and the end of 2014, WFP will need to raise US$133 million. “WFP is counting on the continuing support from traditional donors like Japan, but also appeals for new donors to join them, giving particular emphasis to raising support from the Gulf Cooperation Council and other countries in the Arab world,” Parajuli said.


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