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Azerbaijan donates $3m to World Food Program

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The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) thanked the Azeri government for its pledge to contribute $3 million to its three-year relief operation for internally displaced people in Azerbaijan, at a rate of $1m per year.

Some 2,100 tons of wheat flour, oil and sugar, amounting to $800,000 were distributed among 130,000 rural displaced households living in very poor conditions in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan became a donor to WFP for the first time this year.

"We are grateful for this contribution which will help encourage other donors to contribute to the operation supporting the displaced population of Azerbaijan," said Amir Abdulla, WFP's Regional Director for Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The donation comes at a time when WFP is facing a 25 percent funding shortfall in its current $24 million operation, which ends in June 2006. An extension of the operation is being considered for another two years at an additional cost of $18 million. WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency providing food aid each year to an average of 90 million people, including 61 million children, in more than 80 countries.

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