The government of Japan has donated another US$500 000 to the World Food Programme (WFP) towards the provision of food aid to Zimbabweans.
In a statement on Tuesday, Japan’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Satoshi Tanaka, said:
In collaboration with WFP, the people of Japan continue to support the most vulnerable in Zimbabwe to address their immediate food needs during the lean season.
WFP’s representative and country director, Francesca Edelmann, welcomed the donation saying it has come at the right time. Said, Edelmann:
Not only has poor rainfall during the recent growing season resulted in widespread crop failure, but prices of food, fuel, and fertiliser have also surged due to the conflict in Ukraine.
Families are now being forced to sell off livestock and other precious belongings to be able to buy food.
Since 2019, Japan has contributed over US$24.6 million to WFP-supported food assistance and resilience-building for vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe.
The Asian country, which is the third-largest economy in the world, has also provided nutrition support for pregnant women in maternity waiting homes.
In 2021, Japan contributed US$5.75 million through the WFP to support vulnerable, food insecure communities in Zimbabwe.
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