MASERU – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of more than US$2.3 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist people in Lesotho who are going hungry because of difficulties in obtaining sufficient food for themselves and their families.
It is estimated that some 725,000 people – nearly one in three living in Lesotho - will face food insecurity this year. WFP is assisting vulnerable people with food distributions, and 125,000 of the most needy will receive cash through the Cash for Assets programme, which addresses land and soil degradation and also enables recipients to buy their own food from the local market, thus stimulating the local economy.
“This contribution comes at a critical time when Lesotho has faced two consecutive years of poor harvests, with a possible third year of crop failure in 2013 due to the infestation of Army Worm,” says WFP Country Director Imadeldin Osman-Salih. “This generous funding from Japan will allow WFP to increase its help towards impoverished families living in food-insecure areas, including orphans and people living with HIV and AIDS.”
“Japan is pleased with its contribution to WFP’s food assistance programmes,” says the Ambassador of Japan to Lesotho, H.E. Mr Yutaka Yoshizawa. “We hope it will go a long way in alleviating food shortages affecting vulnerable Lesotho households.”
At the current exchange rate, the new contribution is equivalent to approximately 229 million JPY, or LSL 20.5 million.
The Government of Japan has been providing food support for communities in need in developing countries since 1986. During the past decade, Japan has contributed more than US$10.8 million to WFP’s operations in Lesotho.
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