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Finland Doubles Donation To WFP In Afghanistan

WFP Afghanistan Country Director and Representative Louis Imbleau and Finnish Ambassador Dr. Pauli Järvenpää meet to discuss the state of hunger in Afghanistan. Copyright: WFP/Teresa Ha.

The Government of Finland has donated 1 million euros (US$ 1.4 million) to WFP Afghanistan, which will be used to buy nutritious food for young children.

WFP Afghanistan today announced a donation of 1 million euros (US$ 1.4 million) from the Government of Finland to support food assistance operations in the country.

The donation brings the total contribution from Finland to WFP’s work in Afghanistan this year to 2 million euros (US$ 2.8 million), compared to 1 million euros (US$ 1.4 million) in 2010.

“This donation is not restricted to a specific programme, which allows WFP to use it to respond quickly to immediate needs – in this case, a looming shortage of supplementary food to fight child malnutrition,” said WFP Afghanistan Country Director Louis Imbleau. “That kind of flexibility from a donor is invaluable.”

The contribution has already been allocated to purchase nearly 330 metric tonnes of Plumpy’Sup, a highly nutritious ready-to-use food designed to provide young children with essential vitamins and minerals to fight malnutrition. This will be enough to provide 40,000 malnourished children with the product for a three-month treatment period.

“We are very pleased that our donation will be used to relieve child malnutrition.  Children are the future of Afghanistan, and they are also one of the most vulnerable groups in the Afghan society,” said Ambassador of Finland to Afghanistan Dr. Pauli Järvenpää. “The Government of Finland has found WFP a reliable partner, with a quick and focused delivery of aid, and looks forward to further cooperation with WFP here in Afghanistan and elsewhere.”

WFP’s relief and recovery activities reach more than 1 million people each month in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. Relief activities provide emergency assistance to IDPs and people affected by natural disasters, as well as support to malnourished children and pregnant women. Recovery activities focus on longer-term development, such as providing meals to schoolchildren or using food assistance to support projects building agricultural assets.