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Japan Provides Support To Displaced Families Through WFP In Darfur, Sudan

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KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of USD 1 million from the Government of Japan to support food assistance activities in Sudan.

This contribution will enable WFP to provide vouchers to approximately 10,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in West and South Darfur states through food-for-training and/or food-for-asset projects.

“Prolonged conflicts have not only affected agriculture, but also reduced access to wage labour, both of which limit food access for IDPs (internally displaced people) and low income host community households. I am very pleased to provide food assistance to IDPs through Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) and Food Assistance for Training (FFT) via voucher modality, which promote their self-sufficiency,” said Japan’s Ambassador to Sudan, H.E. Mr. Hideki Ito.

The Government of Japan has always shown strong support to WFP Sudan. Since 2007, Japan has contributed some USD 126 million to WFP’s emergency operations in Sudan in addition to USD 20 million for common services that benefit the entire humanitarian community such as the building of roads and provision of a safe and reliable air service (UNHAS).

“This contribution allows us to help vulnerable families meet their food needs during the lean season while at the same time learning new skills or carrying out work that will have a lasting impact on their communities. This is a win-win situation for all of us,” said WFP Representative and Country Director Adnan Khan.

In July 2015, WFP launched a new two-year plan in Sudan to provide 5.2 million people by mid-2017 with life-saving food assistance, nutrition support as well as recovery and resilience-building activities to help communities become self-reliant. This includes 1.3 million displaced people in Darfur who will receive WFP assistance in 2016 - nearly half a million of them through Cash Based Transfers (CBTs).

“Thanks to this timely contribution from the Japanese people and their government, we will be able to provide assistance to families who would otherwise struggle to provide food for themselves through the lean season,” said Khan.

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Amor Almagro, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2114), Mob. +249 912174853
Abdulaziz Abdulmomin, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2123), Mob. +249 912167055