Mali: Japan provided food aid to nearly 900,000 internally displaced people.
– “Japan attaches great importance to food security and hopes that this support will contribute to alleviating the suffering of the Malian population in terms of food security”, according to an official from the Embassy of Japan.
Published on 20.8.2022
Afrik info Mali reports : The Government of Japan proceeded, on Friday, to the official launch of the project ” Emergency response to global food insecurity caused by the crisis in Ukraine“, in favor of 890,000 internally displaced persons in the regions of Mopti, Ségou, Timbuktu, Gao, Ménaka and Kayes.
“This project financed by Japan to the tune of two million USD, or approximately 1.3 billion CFA Francs, is an integral part of Japan’s multilateral economic cooperation in favor of the Malian people,” said Koji Fukuhara, Deputy Head of Mission at the Japanese Embassy in Mali.
He states that “this project aims to provide food support to internally displaced persons and vulnerable host communities in the regions of Mopti, Ségou, Timbuktu, Gao, Ménaka and Kayes. Thanks to this Japanese contribution, each beneficiary will receive a hybrid ration consisting of rice and a voucher in addition to legumes. The total number of beneficiaries amounts to about 890 thousand people”.
According to him, “Japan attaches great importance to food security and sincerely hopes that this support will contribute in the short and long term to alleviating the suffering of the Malian population in terms of food and nutritional security”.
Fukuhara pointed out that “According to the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan, approximately 7.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance since last January, compared to 5.9 million at the start of 2021. This forecast is deteriorating in particular due to the rise in world food and fuel prices since Russia launched a war of aggression against Ukraine”.
This is why, he says, “the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida announced, on June 27, during the G7 Summit held in Elmau, Germany, an emergency food aid of two hundred million USD. And on July 5, the Government of Japan decided to grant, from this amount, this funding to the WFP to help vulnerable populations in the regions of Mopti, Ségou, Timbuktu, Gao, Ménaka and Kayes”.
He also recalled that “Japan offered, on June 17, to the WFP (World Food Programme) food consisting of rice and cans, for a total amount of 300 million Japanese yen, or approximately 1. 5 billion CFA Francs. This food is intended for children of school age, refugees and internally displaced persons as well as host populations affected in the target areas”.
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