Sun 08 Oct 2023 | 11:15 PM
The World Food Program has confirmed that Japan is providing assistance to Mozambique in the form of food aid worth $1.5 million (200 million Japanese yen), including rice and canned fish.
This crucial support comes at a time when 3.3 million people in the country suffer from acute food insecurity.
“This new food contribution, in close partnership with WFP, reflects our strong commitment to and friendship with Mozambique,” said Kimura Hajime, Japanese Ambassador to Mozambique.
According to a statement issued by the World Food Programme, the conflict in northern Mozambique since 2017 has caused untold suffering, resulting in tragic losses of lives and livelihoods.
The crisis has forced countless families to leave their homes and lands. While nearly 570,000 people have returned to their homes, more than 850,000 people remain internally displaced.
Both groups need ongoing support to rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency.
“With rising food prices and increasing operating costs, people affected by the conflict are facing greater hardship,” Antonella Dabrielli, WFP Mozambique Country Director, said.
It is noteworthy that the Japanese government is one of the most important partners in providing assistance to the World Food Program in Mozambique.
With this latest contribution, the third this year, Japan’s total contributions to WFP’s activities in Mozambique have reached $24.7 million over the past four years.