S. Korea Donates U.S.$1.2m to WFP’s Food Crisis Response in Africa

People affected by the coronavirus economic downturn, receive food donations at the Iterileng informal settlement near Laudium, southwest of Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received US$1.2 million from the Republic of Korea to provide humanitarian activities for food crises in the following countries: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Madagascar, South Sudan, and Burkina Faso.

WFP Regional Director for Western Africa, Chris Nikoi said, “We are grateful for this generous and timely contribution from the government of the Republic of Korea and Korean people to some of the most severe food-insecure communities in Burkina Faso and Nigeria.”

WFP Regional Director for Southern Africa, Menghestab Haile explained the importance of the donation to these five African countries, She said, “because of climate change, COVID-19, and lack of access to water, populations in Southern Madagascar are facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. The number of people on the verge of starvation is likely to double as we are close to the start of the lean season in October. We are therefore grateful for this generous and timely contribution from the government of the Republic of Korea and Korean people which is making a significant difference in the lives of people.”

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This contribution will boost WFP’s humanitarian efforts including food assistance for vulnerable communities in five countries.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.

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