Khartoum — The Government of Japan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday signed a new agreement in Rome for food assistance amounting to approximately US$ 3.7 million (300 million Japanese Yen) to benefit the most vulnerable people in the Republic of the Sudan.
This contribution will be used to purchase food and services necessary for implementing WFP programmes in Sudan aimed at responding to the food needs of the conflict-affected and other vulnerable people across the country.
"This grant shows our strong commitment in supporting the consolidation of peace and human security in Sudan," said H.E. Ryoichi Horie, Ambassador of Japan in Sudan, adding that "consolidation of peace" is one of the main pillars of Japan's foreign policy in Africa and a basic principle of its assistance to Sudan."
"We are grateful to the government of Japan for its continued support to WFP. This contribution advances WFP's critical partnership with Japan in protecting Sudan's most vulnerable people. It will directly help save lives and livelihoods of the internally displaced persons and other vulnerable groups in the country," said Adnan Khan, WFP Sudan Country Director.
Japan is currently WFP's fourth largest single donor, with over US$ 140 million contributions for WFP operations globally in 2012. In Sudan, Japan has so far provided approximately US$250 million (20 billion Japanese Yen) through WFP since 2000. For this year alone, Japan has contributed approximately US$ 19 million to its operations in the country of which US$ 5 million is used for food vouchers.
Sudan remains one of WFP's largest and most complex operations providing food assistance to more than 4 million people affected by conflict, displacement and chronic under-nourishment in Darfur, in the east and border areas to the south.
In 2013, WFP plans to support over 3.6 million people in Sudan with food assistance.