Japan provides additional support to deliver food to Zimbabwe

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The Government of Japan has made an additional contribution of US$500,000.00 to the World Food Program (WFP) to help reduce food insecurity in Zimbabwe.

This contribution is particularly timely, given that many people in the country will struggle to feed themselves at the height of the lean season due to successive droughts and chronic economic difficulties, aggravated by the effects of the situation in Ukraine.

“Together with WFP, the Japanese government continues to bring the assistance of the Japanese people to the most vulnerable people in Zimbabwe, meeting their immediate food needs during the lean season,” said Satoshi Tanaka, Ambassador of Japan. in Zimbabwe. “We hope this assistance will help cushion their difficulties during the upcoming lean season. We will provide food insecure people with unconditional food aid under the emergency grant”

“This funding comes at a critical time, when many vulnerable families are struggling to put food on the table,” said Francesca Erdelmann, WFP Country Representative. “Not only has poor rainfall during the recent growing season led to widespread crop failures, but food, fuel and fertilizer prices have increased due to the conflict in Ukraine. Families are now forced to sell livestock and other valuable assets in order to buy food.

Japan’s contribution will support food distributions during the onset of the lean season, from October to December 2022, when WFP aims to assist more than 400,000 people.

Since 2019, Japan has provided more than $24.6 million for WFP-supported food assistance and resilience building for vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe, as well as nutritional support for pregnant women in nursing homes. maternity expectation. In 2021, Japan provided $5.75 million through WFP to support vulnerable and food-insecure communities in Zimbabwe that have been severely affected by climatic shocks and COVID-19.

Source: World Food Program

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