As announced by the Japanese Embassy in Kabul, the Japanese government has granted an Emergency Grant Aid of $13 million, for the damage caused by drought in some provinces via the World Food Programme. Zlatan Milisic, WFP Representative and Country Director for Afghanistan said “This timely contribution from the Government of Japan will enable WFP to meet the basic food and nutrition needs of the affected women, men, girls and boys.”
Mr. Suzuka, the Ambassador of Japan to Afghanistan expressed, “People of Afghanistan have been facing food shortage caused by natural disasters that occur frequently in the country. Particularly in this year, due to a severe drought, unprecedented food insecurity has been brought to many areas of the country and it damaged the life of people, especially most vulnerable people such as women and children. Based on this fact, Japan has decided to work with the WFP through providing emergency assistance for the most vulnerable people in the drought-hit areas. Japan always stands by the people of Afghanistan.”
The food assistance is to contribute to 473,000 vulnerable people affected by drought, natural disasters and seasonal food insecurity, to contribute to food security.
The contribution from the Government of Japan, will enable WFP to implement three activities-the General Food Distributions programme, food for assets programme, and to retain children in schools.