“WFP is extremely grateful to the South African government for this very timely and generous contribution,” said Ramiro Lopes da Silva, WFP’s Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. “This donation will provide vital food rations to extremely vulnerable people in Ethiopia and Somalia, helping them to cope with the devastating impact of drought, high food prices and the global economic crisis.”
This contribution follows a R1.3 million (US$173,000) donation in May 2009 from the Government of South Africa to WFP’s operations in Ethiopia.
WFP has been scaling up its operations in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, which have suffered due to a combination of prolonged drought, recurring conflict, continued high food prices and the global financial crisis. In September, WFP launched an emergency appeal for almost US$1 billion over the next six months, to provide millions of people throughout the region with food assistance.
South Africa also donated R1.3 million to WFP’s operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March 2009 – bringing total contributions this year to R5.6 million (US$750,000).